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    Speaking for myself, because they're reliable, uncomplicated, and portable. Also, they have a long history, from way back when Singers were solidly built and dependable. They take up very little space. There will be a studio on your property, won't there, Catherine?

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    Small, portable (very important for many of us), reliable, easy to maintain, cute as heck. They make a beautiful stitch and some of us like that it does not have a lot of bells and whistles. They are solid metal which adds to their longevity.

    Today's machines are full of plastic and are not made to last. Much older Berninas were solid metal but weigh twice or more than a FW. Way too heavy to carry all over.

    Oh, another thing is they fit under the seat of a plane and can fly with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Small, portable (very important for many of us), reliable, easy to maintain, cute as heck. They make a beautiful stitch and some of us like that it does not have a lot of bells and whistles. They are solid metal which adds to their longevity.

    Today's machines are full of plastic and are not made to last. Much older Berninas were solid metal but weigh twice or more than a FW. Way too heavy to carry all over.

    Oh, another thing is they fit under the seat of a plane and can fly with me.
    ok, thanks! I sure like my Featherweight machine for its reliability and metal-yet-light bulk. Any bells or whistles would put me right off sewing. I wondered about “the beautiful stitch” for quilting, wondered if there was something special about it. It is the only sewing machine I ever used except for the ones in Home Ecomomic class in jr high school.

    The idea of custom paint jobs is crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
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    Today's machines are full of plastic and are not made to last. Much older Berninas were solid metal but weigh twice or more than a FW. Way too heavy to carry all over. ...
    I can attest that the all-metal Berninas are way too heavy to schlep around. I took mine to a class once.

    I can't believe the prices of machines now; I don't think there's an upper limit. I could buy a decent car for what Berninas go for--why, I'm not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    Speaking for myself, because they're reliable, uncomplicated, and portable. Also, they have a long history, from way back when Singers were solidly built and dependable. They take up very little space. There will be a studio on your property, won't there, Catherine?
    haha! That would have to be outbuilding #5: we already have one lean-to for the wood, one "she-shed" for my overflow stuff, one work shed for DH, one "garage" for the riding mower. I don't think the neighbors could tolerate another outbuilding!

    I decided last week that I'm going to keep DH's favorite piece of furniture: an old rustic farmhouse table, and I'm going to use it as a multi-functional piece in my office. It can be a great utility table for a desk, for dining, or for sewing slipcovers!
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    I love a good, all-purpose table.
    I'm sure one of those can be repurposed--maybe the "she-shed?"

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