I decided to use the brand new Bernina I bought this summer because it is totally mechanical ( no computer parts). After two hours the motor burned up. NO KIDDING. I bought this in RI but I can take it to Bangor (an hour away) and they have to honor the 2 year motor guarantee.
Meanwhile I will fire up the LAST machine I have which is a Brother NV 200, a very reliable machine I originally bought as a light weight machine to take to classes AND a back-up machine. It's turned out to be a lifesaver and very reliable. I'll still try the 40 wt thread which is no problem with straight stitching on any machine. For some reason the free motion just doesn't like it.
Meanwhile a few pics of strip 2.
Another update. Get ready to laugh. First story on the local news last night was about the Bangor Bernina dealer whose roof collapsed under the weight of ice and rain with a total loss. Looks like my burned up baby is headed off to RI via Fedex...
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