Ode to the Stimulus

Five-thirty today

a pretty check had shown up:

seven years endured.

Quick, walk down Mass Ave.

to Craigslist Joe’s apartment:

it’s time for an upgrade.

The machine sews well,

bobbin tension is shaky:

tune-up fixable.

Ask for a discount.

It’s granted, hands are shaken.

The check is enough!

Six-thirty today

lug Bernina to her home!

Oy! Twenty-two pounds!

Goodbye, POS!

No more shaking while stitching!

You have served me well.

Perhaps it’s sad that

the Stimulus was on hand

for only one hour.

But did I mention,

the old Singer snap-on feet

fit the Bernina?!?

57 thoughts on “Ode to the Stimulus

  1. Lori in Michigan

    Congrats Kathy on your excellent discernment and welcome to the family of Bernina owners! I own three – an 830, 930 and a 1530. LOVE THEM ALL!

    You will smile each time you sit down to create!

  2. megan

    I still have the machine I first learned to sew with – a used Bernina my mom bought when I was a little girl. More than 20 years later it’s still going strong!

  3. Stephanie

    Hours of entertainment vs. check? I think you stimulated the economy pretty well with that purchase, after all. All in all, a job well done and a purchase well purchased. ;)

  4. Amy

    Yaaaaaay, I’m so glad it worked out!

    (Bargaining ROCKS, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed borrowing my friend’s Bernina. :)

  5. Jennifer

    OMG. I’m so happy for you to have such an amazing find. Envious, too. ; ) I hope it brings you many wonderful creative projects.

  6. Jenn

    Beautiful! You did exactly what you were supposed to do with the stimulus check. Mine didn’t last much longer than yours. I’m thinking of writing Congress and the President and telling them that I could help the economy more if they sent me more stimulus checks. LOL

  7. Amanda

    Another YAY for Bernina – you will have much happiness with her. :) I got mine in December and I’m just wild for her. Enjoy! Money well spent…

  8. mari

    Hello Bernina!

    I have a 1530 that I bought used as well and she has served me well over the past 18 months. She will sing and make you happy and your sewing will simply fly from your fingers.

    Enjoy her!

  9. Daryl

    Ah, the Bernina is worth it. I had terrible angst abandoning my HighSchool graduation used Singer, but when every project involved swearing and ripping we took the plunge. 13 years ago, a Bernina, and we are still in love.

  10. Rosa

    Congrats on the new machine. The stimulus check was meant for that machine. I can’t wait to see all the lovely handmades that will come from it.

  11. Amanda

    Hi Kathy,

    I am going to be in Boston for the next few days (staying close to the Kenmore station). Do you have any recommendations for yarn shops or “knitting attractions” I shouldn’t miss while I am in the area?

  12. Jan

    Oooooh such excitement! Congratulations on your Bernina and welcome to the happiness that you will experience. My 930 is still strong and productive after 25 years. I have never regretted owning a Bernina.

  13. SMR

    My (now) hubbie bought me that machine during our first year of dating and it is BY FAR my favorite gift ever! He did his homework and knew this would be the perfect machine for me. 5 years later and many projects later, I’m still in love with both him and the sewing machine :)

  14. Nancy

    As a proud owner of Bernina 1260, Welcome to the Club.

    P.S. Get a wheeled carrier if you plan on using it away from home…Nancy

  15. Laura Neal

    My MIL has a Bernina and it is old! She pretty much said that is the only thing the asshole gave her besides the two kids that was any good. hee hee. I hope you have many happy years of sewing enjoyment with it.

  16. SallyA

    Wish I could make this a green font — I would SO love a Bernina. Some day. I love the photo — it looks like you are praying over your new toy! I hope you have many years of happy sewing.

  17. Pam

    Love Love Love my bernina. Wish I used it more.

    Have fun, can’t wait to see your creations!

  18. Artsygal

    Oh I know this feeling. My poor tired hand me down machine got replaced a few months ago by a shiney new one that practically does buttonholes in its sleep. Thank you Target for 75% clearance.. and thank goodness there aren’t many sewers in my area! My machine was a steal of $75 bucks down from $300!

  19. Shelda

    Oh! I think you’ll love it. Happy you. Economic and sewing stimulus, all rolled into you.

  20. Cate

    I have a 1010 I bought used about 14 years ago and it ROCKS. You will be very happy with this machine. They are built like tanks, and that 22 pounds means it’s full of nice, strong metal parts that aren’t going to wear out anytime soon.

  21. Cindy

    This is the same machine I have, you won’t regret your purchase. It is great to never have to worry about setting the tension. Happy Sewing!

  22. Jolene

    I received a Bernina Sport for my high school graduation in 1984 and it still sews like a dream. Good Choice and Good Sewing!

  23. Val S.

    I have the same machine! I decided it is better to spend more on quality than d*** around with crappy. Yay! You will love it!

  24. Julie

    Congratulations on your new purchase. May it give you many years of fine service and inspire all your sewing efforts.

    We’re still waiting on our check — it may arrive one day.

  25. Marji

    Congratulations on your Bernina! I’ve had mine for 20 years and it has been a workhorse. I wish you may happy years of sewing with it.

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