Last week, I realized that my Artista (Abby) Sewing Machine was long overdue for it's annual maintenance and it was making a funny noise so I figured I best take it in. So I packed it up (a little begrudgingly, because its hard to go back to Bernadette as she isn't quite as reliable or fast) and my husband and I headed down to St. George to take it in for service. On the way there, my husband just casually remarked "For all the sewing you do, you really should have a second machine that is just as reliable as the first." And I, being a little surprised, just smiled and said, "That would be nice indeed". And a couple hours later I was walking out of the Bernina Quilt Shop with this little lady :)
I figured my sweethearts comment would simmer and maybe something would happen for Christmas . . . but it was just one of things where everything worked out. We walked into the shop to drop off my machine for maintenance, and they just happened to have a traded in Aurora 440. Which was the other machine I was totally looking at when I got my Artista, and of course, my husband remembered that. He just smiled and said "Call it an Early Mother's Day Present ;)" Yes indeed, I sure do love that man of mine and am so very blessed to have him!!!!!!
And I am absolutely loving this new machine!!!! No surprise that is quickly become my main machine and my Abby is now my back-up machine :) It is faster, and quieter, and all together just awesome!!! I have been heads down sewing like a crazy person all weekend and loving every minute of it :) And it comes with the embroidery unit and I can take classes at the shop on how to use it, so maybe I will finally figure out how to do that little awesome bonus on this machine!!
Oh, and in case you are wondering, I figure she already has a name so no need to come up with a new one. I am just so excited to welcome Aurora to the family!!!!!
Hope you are having a very Happy Quilting Day!!! I'm off for some more chain stitching goodness :)