Allow me to introduce my new business partner. She’s Bernie. Bernie’s my new Bernina.

Yes, since 1985 I’ve been working with my old reliable White workhorse. That machine (rebuilt when I got it!) got me through fashion design school and almost 20 years of sewing felted wool. I think it’s time the ol’ workhorse took a break. I’ve been contemplating buying a new machine for some time…every time I hear a clunk or the bobbin won’t wind or the foot falls off mid-seam. You know, the little things. Yeah, the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be.

Me and Bernie…we’re still getting acquainted. I like her, she’s smooth. The manual refers to her not as a sewing machine, but as a “Sewing Computer”. Weird. (don’t tell Mr. iMac, he’s the other business partner that shares the studio) I read a few reviews out there, but in the end I just had to go to the store, sew on a few machines, and take the leap. (If you’re in the market to buy a new one, take some advice) I did make sure to ask and was assured that all of Bernie’s moving parts are metal and she’s got a stronger motor than some of the other machines I looked at. I got tha powah!

Did you notice this floral beauty on the corner of my sewing table? It’ a little eBay score. Supposedly vintage, but who knows. I just like it. A lot.

Love this one too, a “vintage”(?) table cloth. I have no specific intentions for either fabric. They make me happy. I keep draping them around the studio for inspiration. Who knows what they will become.

Bernie and I will think of something…