As I was carrying my sewing machine up the steps a few weeks ago, it occurred that the price of repair for my shoulder (if I hurt it, which I haven’t yet) would be a lot more than the price of a lighter sewing machine for travel. Of course, I have a wonderful rolling travel case for the heavy machine, but that case doesn’t do stairs.
I considered for quite a while, since it seems to me that my home already contains enough “things”. I decided that, since I’m planning more sewing travel in the coming year, a lighter machine was worth the investment. (A little more self-justification: I was the only serious sewist I know who owned only one machine!)
After some research, I settled on a Bernette 33, which is made by Bernina and sold by my Bernina dealer. It is just what I was looking for: smaller, lighter, with no computer parts to worry about.
So far it performs just fine. I’ve mainly used it for piecing, since that is most of what I do when I go to sewing gatherings or teach. It certainly doesn’t feel as sturdy or sew as smoothly as my Bernina, but I think it is “just right” for travel. And the price was right, too.
Of course I made it a cover to match the bag that carries its accessories:
How many sewing machines do you own?