It grieves me to say that Husky Henrietta and I have parted ways with no chance of reconciliation. She has been returned to her original home and I'm hoping that her next relationship will be happier than ours was.
I tried and I tried to fall in love with Henrietta but came to realize that even with all the bells and whistles, she and I kept on having issues that I could not get used to nor did I feel that I should have to with this caliber of machine.
I have always been a Bernina gal but never realized how wonderful a machine they are until I actually tried to sew with something else. I was not prepared to compromise features that I took for granted with my fifteen year old machine and settle for something that would not only slow down my sewing but add "unnecessary" steps to perform what I deemed as simple, ordinary tasks on my Bernina.
Please don't think that I am dissing Husqvarna machines because that is not my intention. I think that if one learned to sew on a Husqvarna...or any machine for that matter...then that would be their groundwork for a perfect marriage. I learned to sew on a Bernina and have since learned to appreciate that their product is exceptional. The shop where I purchased Henrietta gave me a full refund because they knew that I was not satisfied with it and witnessed the issues I was having with the machine first hand when I went for follow up classes at their shop.
And now for the good news. On Wednesday when I went for my bone scan (no results as yet), we had three hours to kill from the time they gave me the dye injection until the actual scan time so Mr. Painted Quilt asked me if I would like to go to the Bernina dealer to check out their machines.
Did you for one minute think I would say no? *wink*
This baby...a Bernina 550QE...will be coming home with me in two weeks or less.
The shop where we purchased it has to order one in and I was told that it would take that long because it has to be shipped from the Bernina warehouse. I would wait even longer if I had to because this is really my dream machine and I'm thrilled to bits.
I'll still use my Bernina 1080QE for my grunt-work sewing and to lug to and from guild meetings and sewing get togethers because there's not a thing wrong with it. It has never been serviced and works as well today as the day I bought it back in 1997.
Hopefully this will be my one-and-only-ever divorce because it was not a pleasant experience.