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My New Sewing Machine

Since I’ve been sewing like a fiend, I slowly began to realize that even though I would only categorize myself as an ambitious beginner sewiest, my Smarter by Pfaff was getting to be a little too entry level for me.

If you find yourself looking for a first machine this one is wonderful, I’ve loved it practically to death over the last year. I guess you could say I’ve outgrown it. I started researching the different brands online and saving shortly after Christmas and actually learned a few pieces of interesting information.

  • Pfaff is owned by Singer which was a new piece of information for me.
  • Janome sells different machines in the US than the rest of the world.
  • The average home sewist in the US owns 3 different machines.
  • The most important fact I learned: Bernina sewing machines are largely still manufactured in Switzerland with some work being done in Thailand,

This informationphoto was important to me because I like when companies are honest. Some sewing machine companies still talk about their heritage as if it matters. If your machines are 100% manufactured in China or Indonesia I don’t really care that they were once made in the US or Germany. I would rather spend more money and have a top notch machine that was constructed well. My grandmother has had her sewing machine since the 70’s and with routine maintenance she has never had any trouble. I WANT THAT! From my research, the Bernina 215 seemed like a good choice for me. However, when I took my cape making class at Gather Here we used the 350 PE which was amazing. At that point I was 100% certain that a Bernina would be coming to live with me but was conflicted about which machine to actually buy. It was a chance Instagram conversation with Heather LouLauren Taylor and two other sewers who also commented in late January that sealed the deal for me.

So from January until mid-May, I’m saving and asking for gift cards to Gather Here for my birthday since they are a Bernina dealer and boom! The store where my grandmother has her machine serviced in NH had a barely used 350PE floor model on sale for nearly $600 cheaper than a brand new one! They service machines at Nashua Sew and Vac so it came with two years of free maintenance making this purchase a no brainer.

Without further ado let me introduce you to Hubert, as in Hubert de Givenchy. I know he is French and Bernina is a Swiss company but I like to name my sewing machines after the people who dressed Audrey Hepburn 🙂

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If you’re worried about what I did with all the gift cards to Gather Here, don’t worry, they went to good use. I got the invisible zipper foot and walking foot for Hubert plus I went on a serious fabric and pattern buying binge.


Audrey with the original Hubert

Audrey with the original Hubert

You can read all about the friendship between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy here. It’s a lovely story.


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  2. How exciting!!! Congratulations on your new Bernina! I love mine. Nashua Sew & Vac is where I purchased my last 2 machines and they have great service! Wishing you many happy years of sewing. 😊

    • Thanks Kim, I’m so happy with it! Do you ever take classes there or are you a part of the NH Modern Quilt Guild? I’m always on the lookout for new sewing friends 🙂

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