This morning I visited the local Bernina shop because I needed to buy a screw for my walking foot. While chatting to the saleslady, I enquired about the current price of the Aurora 440 QE. Turns out the shop is selling off its bench models (with full factory warranty, lessons etc) and, after picking myself up off the floor after I found out the price, I left the shop to go grocery shopping and made a couple of phone calls - to John, who said I would be silly not to buy the machine and to Diann who advised me that buying the machine was "the responsible thing to do" because I've been eyeing off this model for so very long and sentimentality was the reason I hadn't updated my machine earlier.
Until three years ago I had owned one sewing machine - a Bernina 830 that John bought for me for our first Christmas after our wedding (1978, we were living in Holland at the time and he spent our return airfare money to buy the machine). Three years ago I bought a second-hand Bernina 830 to use on my quilting frame but this machine has since gone to live with Jenni.
I high-tailed it back to the Bernina shop and this came home with me:
Had to sew with it straight away so I put the bolster cushion together
and I made a block keeper based on Leanne Beasley's block keeper from Homespun No 28 using my birthday stitchery
I am one very happy camper.