Is this the most tragic thing you ever did see?
Well, what if I told you that what you’re seeing here is the death of my sewing machine?
Okay, sure–my sewing machine stitching its last stitches is probably not high on your list of Things to Cry About Later. But it does leave me with a dilemma.
I’ve been working on some maternity clothes for my sister–a couple t-shirts, a couple of skirts, and a dress. All knits. I had mostly finished one tee and partially finished the second tee when the motor on my machine started locking up every few stitches. Normally, this would be caused by threads being tangled in the bobbin case. However, in this case, no tangled threads. I tried rethreading the machine multiple times, rethreading the bobbin, cleaning every tiny bit of lint I could find, changing the needle, using different stitches–nothing helped. This is the same thing my machine was doing back in February when I had to take it in (for two months!!!).
So, here’s the dilemma: I could take the machine in to get fixed again, but I have a problem with getting the same issue fixed more than once. If they couldn’t fix it the first time, how can I expect them to fix it the next time? This time, of course, my machine is no longer under warranty, so that means I’ll have to pay who knows how much for what I think is only going to be a temporary solution.
Option 2 is to get another inexpensive “starter” machine just so I can keep sewing for now. This is good because not only am I working on clothes for dear sis (who, let’s face it, will only be pregnant for so long) but I am also starting a new job in a few weeks and I have no appropriate clothes to wear. Of course, the downside, as I have learned, is that cheap starter machines aren’t always the greatest value if they’re going to start falling apart within the first year. Also, if I buy a new machine, that’s a lot of fabric that I can’t buy.
Option 3 is to just suck it up and wait it out while I save up money for a decent machine. I do have friends who will let me borrow their machines that they don’t use. So, that will keep me sewing for now. I just hate having someone else’s machine for that long.
While I’m waiting to get my hands on a working machine, however I go about it, I do have a lot of planning and organizing to do. Maybe I’ll magically become a better blogger and actually get some posts up.
In the mean time, I’m might just perform a small autopsy. I’m pretty good at taking things apart. You hear that, machine?? I HAVE A SCREWDRIVER AND I KNOW HOW TO USE IT!