Wednesday, March 7, 2012

RIP Bernina

After working lots of long hours the last few weeks, I was finally able to take a few days of vacation.  I plugged my Bernina Activa 130 in last night, sewed about an 8" seam when the LCD screen flickered and went black. 

My immediate reaction because of the crazy winds we have been having, was that it must have been a power-flicker.  I shut my Bernina down, unplugged, waited 5 min and started her up again.  I sewed about an inch and a half, before she gave out completely. 

I panicked as any Quilter or Sewist would. 

I woke up this morning and headed to a local Bernina dealer/fabric shop, where they promised me they would call later with an estimate on the repairs.  A few hours later, I received that dreaded call.  The repairs will cost hundreds $$$$$

So, I bid you farewell Bernina Activa 130...may you RIP.

  • I fondly remember buying you back in 1997, as a highschool graduation gift to myself.  I suprisingly still have the receipt after all these years. 
  • I remember all the clothing we sewed together while I studied Fashion Design at Wash U.
  • I remember the couple of years you sat quiet while I pursued other adventures, only to realize Quilting is what I really wanted to do.
  • I remember this quilt, this quilt, and most recently this quilt that you helped me finish.

I remember so many things and yet it is time to put those memories in a lovely little box and file them away.  In the interim, I'm borrowing my Mom's Bernina Sport 801; which has been a workhorse for the last 30 years.

I don't know what the future holds and I hate the thought that I have to start a search now for my a new machine; but I know that I'll always have a little spot in my heart for my Bernina Activa 130.

Please note that I bought my machine in January of 1997, over 15 years ago and only once have I ever had to take it in for a minor repair (tension).  Hence, my sadness over loosing this gem.


  1. I do wonder about these electronic/computerized sewing machines. The old machines seem to last forever (ie: Featherweights), but the ones with computer screens and chips seem to cost a small fortune to repair.

  2. oh Kristy, I am so sorry for your loss....However I do have a babylock for sale...(eyebrows raised)...if you are interested...

    1. Ha! Way to swoop in to seal the deal, Nancy! Poor Activa isn't even COLD yet! ;)

  3. I'm so sad....until I think about the NEW machine you'll get! Can't wait to see!

  4. I guess it had a decent little life. I've been looking for an affordable, nice quilting machine too...but right now I'm just dreaming.

  5. Ah, Activa. Gone on to that eternal sew-in in the sky...

    Sorry, Kristy. That would bum me out, too. Fresh start, though. Always exciting.


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