If you follow my blog, you know that my Bernina 350 SE Tula Pink (Tula) is my beloved main sewing machine that I use for apparel, piecing and applique. When I discovered Esther Aliu applique patterns 2 1/2 years ago, I was besotted. Tula made machine stitching applique a dream and I have only fallen more in love with applique with each pattern I stitch up.
You all know how much I sew! This perky little machine has stitched her heart out for me!
So here I am, 8 weeks out from taking Tula into the shop and I have not been able to take a single applique stitch! True, I have completed FMQ on two major and one small quilting projects on my Tiara in that time. But that is now all caught up and I am itching to get back to applique.
Late last week, I dropped by the shop to hear the latest update on Tula. I knew when she broke down that it would be a long wait. The pandemic caused repair shop closure from mid-March through July and there was a machine repair back log. Tula needed a motherboard replacement and this required ordering an out of stock part from the factory, which took 4 weeks.
The part was replaced, but alas, did not solve the problem. When this happens to a Bernina, the local repair shop sends the machine to the factory for evaluation. This means another MONTH (or more!) without my lovely little machine. Is she repairable?
I now have a loaner, a pre-owned Bernina 560 that has more electronics than Tula. I plugged her in this evening and have already found my favorite blanket stitch, ran a test and *Squee* did some actual applique of some stems on my Love Entwined project in the morning.
While I was at the shop, I asked about the Bernina B480 SE (SE stands for Special Edition), which I had seen advertised in their monthly flyer a few days earlier. SE machines (like my Tula) have pretty faces, special features, and additional accessories. They also are offered at special screaming reduced prices and are limited editions. The shop checked and there were 2 – yes two! – left in our region. A small deposit enabled me to order one for a one week trial. And now I await her arrival.
Will Tula return in the future? Will she have a sister when she returns? What am I going to name this girl if I keep her? (Hubby says, of course you will keep her!). So much drama!
Happy quilting, all, and may your machines all run smoothy.