Year: ? (Old!)
Cost: Free to Me (Inherited from my mom.)
How long have you had the machine? 4 years (but just started to "really" use it)
Is it a basic sewing machine, serger, or embroidery machine? Basic Sewing Machine
What are your favorite features? Easy to use, and portable. I can set it up on the kitchen table and move it out of the way when needed. It's light enough that it's not a problem, but takes most of the abuse I throw at it (especially since I'm still learning and am give it a bit of abuse with some trial and error).
What are some of the unique features it has? Just a basic sewing machine. Here's the manual: http://homeappliance.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/bernina/715.html?idRes=11630398
How well does it run? Just fine when I have it set up correctly. 99% of the time when it goes wonky I find I just need to re-thread.
Has it ever broken or needed maintenance you couldn't do yourself? Nope, I had a problem with everything going wrong (bunched thread, broken upper thread, broken bottom thread, material getting stuck in the feed dogs, etc.) Turned out it wasn't a problem with the machine at all, but the arm had broken off the bobbin case. I'm a fairly novice sewer and didn't realize it at first. To be fair the bobbin case was probably the original and I don't always take good care of my things. So I started from the top and worked my way down to try and find the problem, cleaning/adjusting everything I could. It was fairly intuitive, especially since I'm still learning, nothing fancy or complicated to have to figure out. By the time I realized the bobbin case needed replacing I had given it a good cleaning and it runs super smooth now.
What are your least favorite features? I'm still learning so it has all the basic features I need, but if I were more advanced I might want something fancier-like decorative stitches. For now it's a great little work horse.
Would you recommend this machine to a friend? Sure, it really is a sturdy machine.