On Monday afternoon, I tried to enter the shop as an adorable older couple was finishing up selling the wife's Bernina Record 830 because she could no longer sew. She was the original owner and she had made her wedding dress on it! She was very proud to say she still fit in the dress so many decades later. Then her husband made her tell us a story (he obviously loved) about when she worked in high-fashion and accidentally ate the wrong lunch or something. It was so cute how much they loved each other. Anyways...
The machine was made as a top of the line product the year I was born... not saying when. The experts at the store looked it over during the weekend, replenished the accessories, and gave me an excellent deal.
Curvy issues: inconsistency with the feed dogs, slippage and fabric sucking into bobbin area, needle always stops in up position, button hole foot + lever system SUCKs, raise foot lever is extremely trigger happy and even a slight bump will lower it turning garment corner sewing, or anything with a lot of body into fabric/lever wrestling farces, skipping stitches when nothing else appears to be amiss, beeping, settings reset with each on/off, "auto threader" a hindrance to threading the machine without it, three mysterious refusals to work at all until everything was removed, blown out, a chant was sung, smudge sticks burned and tears of despair were procured.
The only concern I had with getting an older machine is the lack of buttonhole options. The buttonhole method appears relatively simple but will rely on my careful measurements and markings to make them the right size. I think this will be okay, it's got to be better than the stupid lever on the Curvy never reaching consistent end points.
I will have to rearrange my sewing room this weekend for the new arrival!