Well, the sewing machine gods were listening to that nagging voice in my head. A friend, Debbie, had a nearly-new Bernina that she wanted to sell as she had upgraded to a fancier model. She lent it to me to use for awhile -- sort of a test-drive period.
This is Bernina's Activa 220. I've sewn a couple of things on it, and we are quite compatible. Debbie had all the books, accessories and manuals, so whenever I've had to figure something out, I've been able to do it.
Debbie, if you are reading this, expect a call! I am ready to seal the deal! *happy face*
The most exciting thing: it comes with a walking foot! I can machine quilt!! I experimented on that pretty little table runner, and it worked beautifully. Oh, the possibilities -- be still, my heart!
Happy Quilting, Friends!