This machine had not be in for servicing for quite a while simply because I just love to sew on it and hate to be without it. I do have another machine (a Bernina 135 S) and although I like it, it just isn't this machine. I know. I'm fickle.
I finally bit the bullet and sent the 180 to Keith, unpacked the 135 and started sewing. Everything was great until one day while I was sewing, the screen went blank. Mmmmmm. I thought that was strange, especially since the light was still working. Thinking it might be the foot pedal, I tried the foot pedal for Kare's machine but that didn't fix the problem. (I checked, and the pedals were the same model number.)
After turning the machine off and on a couple of times, the screen came back on and all was good - for a while. The same thing started happening pretty frequently until finally it would turn off so much that I spent more time with it off than on. ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!
Kare came to the rescue and loaned me her old Bernina 830 Record.
picture is from http://qisforquilter.com)
I've used that machine before and love it. The stitches are wonderful and even though I kept pushing buttons that weren't there (they're on the 180 and I'm a creature of habit), it sure didn't take much to get used to it.
I finally got the call Friday that my machine was ready for pick up. YEAH!!! I loaded up the 135 and headed to the shop (Quilts and Kreations in South Amherst, OH). I did the switch and since I'm sure it's a mother board issue, I know for certain that the repairs needed on the 135 will be substantially more than the tune up on the 180. :-(
I packed up the 830 and set up the 180 . With just a flip of a switch that familiar hum started and all was good. AAAAAHHHHHHH
You can see that I'm working on the OSU blocks again and I started a scrappy nine patch that will probably end up a disappearing nine patch. I needed a leader/ender project and this charm pack (Ticklish, by Moda was just sitting there and Kare and I had just talked about it earlier today. So I figured, why not? . Anyway, look how far I got with the OSU blocks.
I'm ready to start sewing the rows together. Stay tuned! :-)