My New Vintage Bernina 540-2 (Favorit)

This cute Bernina was produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  I found it at the Goodwill, hiding inside a nondescript sewing machine cabinet.  The power cord was missing, so I couldn’t try out the motor, but it was only $20 and I could always return it if it didn’t work.  When I got home, I managed to find an old extension cord that fit, and the thing actually sewed.  After investing $120 to get it cleaned up, oiled and calibrated, it’s working perfectly.

It’s so nice to have a second machine, especially when you’re working on a project that requires a lot of thread changing.  Another happy coincidence is that this machine uses the same feet as my Bernina 1000.  It has a zig-zag stitch and a few others — also very similar to my other Bernina.  Gordon constructed a nice extension for me, and I even located an original manual and some new bobbins.

It’s smallish compared to my free-arm Bernina, but it weighs a lot more at 33 lbs. It’s sort of an anti-featherweight, and does an especially nice job sewing through heavier fabrics.  My very favorite thing, though, is the super cool, two-toned, avocado green paint job.



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