Friday, July 07, 2006

A slow death


Arrggg my sewing machine is dying a slow death. I have had it for 30 years. 20 of them were in Hawaii where heat,humidity and salt air are constant. I didn't use it much when I was there, mainly for alterations,repairs and Halloween costumes. When you own a clothing store and your best friend is a seamstress extrodinare why sew? I don't think it would have lasted this long if my current husband wasn't such a wiz at repairs. Since I've started sewing with ernest he has repaired the needle tension mechanism, the feedogs, the flywheel and the electric cord. I knew it wouldn't last much longer and with some assistance from my vintage singer featherweight I've managed to put out a couple of large orders. But the end is near, very near. Tonight I looked at some new machines and faced not only sticker shock but techno shock as well. Even though my husband is an electronic engineer capable of building some seriously complicated shit, I don't want an electronic machine. In the past few months a host of electronic equipment in my household has died. These were not cheap goods. Some were top of the line and I researched each and everyone before I laid out the bucks for them . I don't want to spend a thousand dollars and have to take a week of classes for a machine that is going to break down in a few years. I don't want to, but that is what I may end up doing. I finally made something with some of the Japanese fabrics I bought several months ago. I'm keeping one of these for myself.

4 comments:

Barb said...

I totally agree. I use a White that my mom bought right around WWII. It only sews backward and forward--no zigzag or anything 'fancy'. I have no desire to sew on a computer. I want a user-friendly, reliable friend. Could you take your old machine to a repair company that specializes in older sewing machines? They rarely wear out, they just need some finesse.

platitudinal said...

I think the purse you made is adorable ... love the owl fabric. Good luck with your sewing machine woe, I hope it will revive itself or you get another one that suits you in every aspect like budget, features, etc. etc. --- if I sound ignorant it's because I am :) I know nothing about sewing machine or the act of sewing itself.

Saltygal said...

Thanks for your comments plat:) I still haven't bought a new machine. Yesterday my coffee pot broke. I seem to be having some bad appliance Karma! I do love this fabric, it's a good thing I can't just walk into a store and buy it or I would buy all they had.

April 1930s said...

Glad to read that your Featherweight backed you up. :)