I feel as though I MUST comment on my old friend, my stand-in, my faithful Bernina Record. I bought this machine in 1974 and it was BRAND NEW! I thought that I had died and gone to heaven after learning to sew on my grandmother's Featherweight (which gave me electrical shocks!) The Bernina 830 has been the most reliable machine that I have experienced - far eclipsing my newer Bernina which is currently in repair,again. I'm thinking about taking the 830 in for a good rubdown and overhaul - it deserves that. I'm remembering all of the features that I loved about it all of those years that we spent together! Do you have an old machine that you cannot bear to part with?