I use my different Berninas all the time because they are smooth and have perfect thread tension. But I have many different types and brands of sewing machines.
One brand I like besides Bernina is Viking. I have several Vikings, both mechanical and electronic. The Vikings I like the most are made in the 1980s, and are made in Sweden. I have two older ones that I like, but the 1980s seem to have a style I like the most.
This brings me to the Viking 190 I am using for this shirt. It is a mechanical model, but it has the needle up/down feature I like so much. It also has a four-step buttonhole. And it is a free-arm with the tool box removed.
I did a YouTube video on it six years ago, if you are interested you can watch it here.
I have had this machine for several years, but I forgot how much I like it.
I used my Singer Quantumlock 5 to serge the seams.
I am using McCall's 4079 in medium for this shirt. I made it in a long sleeve in 2012 in size small. It still fits, but I wanted a loose shirt for hot Summer days. I am making a short sleeve now from some material bought at Joann's.
|Shirt made in 2012 with this pattern|
|I aged a little since previous shirt.|