(Chosen by Mrs Hub, are we surprised? I'm only amazed it wasn't BRIGHT COLOURS!)
This is a Bernina Record 730, circa 1960's. It's a gorgeous machine.
It was the first appliance my parents purchased in New Zealand, either the first or second day here in February 2000. This machine and I are great friends. In fact, I'd sooner work with this machine, than my mother's 1970's Singer. And she'll disown me for blaspheming her Singer.
This machine and I have "been together" since I was 14. When I was 16 I sewed my prom dress on this. When I was 17 I sewed skirts for Bible College, knowing there was a dress code at school. When I was 18 and home for Christmas, I sewed a top for a wedding I went to (I later abandon that top for another). When I was 21 I sewed my friend's wedding gown on this machine. When I was 22 I sewed a sling for Joshua on this machine - the striped one I always had him in.
This machine and I have been through a lot. And it's the best machine ever. I love it. It rarely has problems, in fact in all the years of beating this machine up, I don't think we've ever needed to service it. I guess it's true, the Swiss know what they're doing!