If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I love, love, love old sewing machines. Here’s my latest find – the Bernina Minimatic 807.
She is my first Bernina and although I was well aware of the brands fabulous reputation, what delights me the most is the machine’s case. A normal looking red plastic box from the outside, but open her up and wow – an utter design delight.
A sturdy sewing machine table lays in the front of the case – you can see it in the first photo – which slides onto the free arm and locks in place to increase the size of sewing bed.
Even the accessory box is designed so its big enough to fit in an oil bottle, but thin enough so it can sit on its purpose built shelf behind the Bernina.
This cute Bernina beauty came to me with a bobbin that didn’t wind and a foot pedal with a life of its own!
Popping the top lid of the machine revealed that age has played its hand at hardening the black rubber bobbin wheel.
Without any ‘give’ in the rubber the bobbin wheel kept slipping against the teeth on the inside of the hand wheel. If you look closely you might just be able to make out the teeth / grooves on the burgundy hand wheel.
The foot pedal fault was a little surreal – a sewing machine which spontaneously made its own little stitches. I did wonder at first if those fairies had finally popped in! It was when the foot pedal began to hiss and give off a hideous odour of melting plastic that I knew the game was up.
A little bit of internet research and a very helpful father-in-law moment later – the foot capacitor was removed and a new bobbin winder wheel was on order. Isn’t it amazing what information you can find on-line?
My beautiful Bernina Minimatic 807 is now ready to play again and I’m off to have some creative fun.
What design features do you love about your machine?