At the spa for a week
Me? No, my machines. Specifically, my serger and my Singer Featherweight. I took them in for servicing. The serger, despite my constant cleaning was quite dirty inside and I could tell I was not reaching all the detritus with my teensy tiny brush. The tension on the left needle kept slipping as well. My Singer Featherweight was making a strange noise and hadn’t been serviced since I bought the machine. Of course, I dutifully oil it often if not after each project. The belt thingamajig was fraying (for lack of a better term). I was scared to use it, so it was definitely time to get it looked at.
I took my machines to a sewing machine store that my mom had taken her
lemon, I mean piece of crap, I mean machine to get serviced. The reason for the derogatory attitude about her machine is that she paid a pretty penny for a machine that is always broken. A very pretty penny mind you. And here’s an aside question for you. Why do quilters spend thousands of dollars on their machines???? I don’t get it. Isn’t the art of quilting about the piecing, not the embroidery or fancy stitches? I really don’t get paying that much for a machine.
Anyhoo, while I was there, I thought I would see if they had any vintage machines for me to look at. The sales lady who was about 80 years old, looked at me funny when I asked her if they had a vintage machine section. She repeated vintage to me as if she’d never heard the word before. I said, “You know, any machines built before the 1970’s.” Then she looked at me like I had three heads. She took me to the back room and showed me some Singer 201’s and 221’s. Nothing that I was actually interested in as I already had a Singer Featherweight. I was more into seeing if they had any old Janomes. Then she said to me, “You don’t want any of these machines dear. They don’t have any bells and whistles. They can only do straight stitches.” To which I replied, “Well, I’m not a quilter; I’m a garment sewer. So I only really need the straight stitch as long as I have my serger.” It was at this point that I had obviously grown three heads. Then she tried to steer me to a $10,000 Bernina. I kid you not. I politely said no thank you and walked out the door.
I thought I would be able to get my machines back in a few days, but the repair guy said at least week. I felt a bit panicky at that news. What am I going to do with them gone for a week???? I guess I will be cutting out some new projects. I could make my summer purse on my Viking machine. I don’t need a serger for that. I definitely need the serger for garment sewing though. I don’t want to use the overcast stitch on my Viking. It looks to becky home-ecky to me. Personal preference. Or I could read. I did just finish World War Z in less than 24 hours. Or I could actually do what I’m supposed to be doing instead of finding new projects to procrastinate with. *sigh*
What do you do when your machines go to the spa? How often do you take your machines in? Only when something goes wrong or on a maintenance schedule like once a year?
I can’t wait to get my machines back. I feel naked and anxious without them.