I have recently added another Bernina to my sewing room. It's a 1963 semi- industrial model. I'm excited to have a heavy duty machine to sew upholstery projects and other heavier work, and I love the color!
The other addition to my sewing room is a brand new, hot-off-the-press, book called Me and My Sewing Machine by Kate Haxell. A beautifully laid out and visually appealing book, it covers all the basics, and more, to get someone started on using their sewing machine to successfully turn out projects. This book is really a pleasure to look through, and would appeal to an older beginner(unlike many beginning books that are geared for children)!