Meet my Grandma - G'ma Joan. I made purses with her while I was in Utah. I just had to take a picture with her working on this machine, a 1944 Bernina-530. It was her machine in 1969 when she bought it used when it was already 25-years-old! That makes it 66-years-old! My mother was in 4th grade at the time and learned to sew from my G'ma. My mom first made Barbie clothes and used it throughout her school years and asked if she could have the Bernina as a graduation present.
When my mom got married she made her wedding dress, the bridesmaid dresses, little girl dresses, and the serving aprons.
She still sews on it to this day and has never owned a different sewing machine. It's also the machine I learned to sew on. It's been in the family for years and is still more powerful than any machine I've ever had. I love that old thing!