When I gave her the machine to borrow it was, of course, in it's case, along with the manual, foot pedal and power cord, but it also had a plastic box with it which contained spare machine needles, bobbins, cutting out scissors, paper scissors, tape-measure and some pins. Oh! and an extension cord.
It was this box that impressed my friend. After all, to go to a sewing class or retreat all I have to do is pick up my machine and head out the door (well, okay, I do need to pack whatever supplies are required for the class). My 'travel' machine is all ready to go somewhere without too much thought.
I guess that is more organized than some people. How did that come to be? I guess it comes from always having a travel wash bag ready to pack for a trip at a moments notice. That travel wash bag came from my first trips to Europe when I had to save my money for the holiday and save for my spending money. If I didn't have something in my wash bag I would have to spend precious spending money on something essential like toothpaste and that wasn't going to happen! So I had a travel wash bag with everything in it I could possibly need (and more) which I could keep stocked up throughout the year and was ready to go anywhere at any time.
So my travel sewing machine is like my wash bag- packed and ready to go at a moments notice- so where can they both go next?
PS My friend did indeed like the Bernina machine and is now the owner of her very own.