|Bernina Activa 215, with Custom "Skin" for Lars-of-Ours|
|Umm, not for MY son!!|
Bernina at least has a black Bernette sewing machine geared towards children that sells for around $250, but they had to go and put flowers on the front of it. They might as well put a big warning sign on the front of the machine saying "BEWARE -- SEWING IS ONLY FOR GIRLS! SEWING WILL MAKE YOU GROW BOOBS!":
|Bernette 46: Would be a great gender-neutral child's machine, but for the flowers|
Lars hasn't mentioned wanting to sew in a long time, and honestly, I doubt he is serious about it. But if he ever did want to learn to quilt, I think I'd have to find him a nice, used Bernina Activa machine on eBay. I've seen the used Activas selling for anywhere from $400-800 at auction, depending on which model and how old the machine was. For about $30, you can custom design a "skin" decal for these machines at www.bernina.com/skins using any graphics your heart desires, and the decals can be peeled off and changed as the child's tastes change. Since I was designing this one with almost-twelve-year-old Lars-of-Ours in mind, I used an "Armageddon" image along with another image of a flaming electric guitar. I wonder how many boys would be interested in sewing if a reasonably priced, entry level sewing machine that looked like this one was part of Bernina's regular lineup? Hello, Bernina -- is anybody out there???