Everyone remembers their first. Mine was a basic Singer, purchased ~10 years ago because my then-boyfriend encouraged me to “get a hobby.”
Fast forward seven years- I never did pick up sewing, but did get a different boyfriend who became my husband- I finally decided to pick up that hobby. Over the next three years, my skills and projects evolved! My little machine, however, was getting left behind.
Fall of 2021, the time came to upgrade. Starting with my list of non-negotiable features and a budget, I narrowed down my options even deep diving into online manuals…eventually purchasing the Bernette 38, a computerized machine, with the power to sew over that Persephone waistband! It’s quiet enough I can still have a normal conversation while its on; powerful enough to pierce 4-5 layers of denim; and offers various stitches that I’ve never been able to do before (I admit, that I only started testing out the various modes recently). My favorite option? The automatic thread cutter!
The B38 is easy to use– The controls are very intuitive, and I can confirm that it comes with a great instruction manual, something I use weekly! Even if you’re a beginner sewer, you’ll be able to pick up the B38 in no time.
In the last 1.5 years that I have had the Bernette, I have made multiple pairs of denim jeans and canvas bottoms. I sewed a heavy lined wool coat, made delicate cotton blouses, even repaired cycling gear for my husband. The B38 has made it through all those with no issue with uniform stitches (I still go slow- it ain’t an industrial machine that can punch through pennies…IYKYK)!