GOODBYE, SWEET BLUE
My precious and beloved blue sewing machine sort of died. Granted, I didn’t really maintain the sweet girl as much as I should have, but I think $80 was worth the price to have my sewing machine for about a decade. Wow! Have I really had my first sewing machine that long? About 10 years? Holy cow!
My sweet sweet blue tolerated my inexperience at first because I didn’t do anything fancy. Just hemmed a few jeans and pants. I basically used the straight stitch, and when I was brave, I used the zig zag stitch! Gasp! As the years passed, I became more ambitious (or bored) and started cutting out fabric squares.
I absolutely loved my sweet blue because she was so simple to use and completed the necessary jobs. If a mistake was made, it was mine. I didn’t learn about adjusting the tension wheel thingy until a few years ago. Weekly cleanings? Monthly cleanings? Nope. I had no idea I needed to clean or dust the machine that often.
About a year ago, I noticed a definite change in her over one weekend and decided to take a few screws to look inside. I was so proud of myself for carefully removing one protective piece and tentatively cleaning, dusting, and oiling the inside until the machine whirred normally.
But lately, sweet blue has been poking holes in my fabric and winding the thread around the inside nooks and crannies. I know I could carefully take the protective layers off and some of the inside screws, but I highly doubt I could put her back together properly. She needs to be in the hands of an expert.
Considering I only spent less than $100, maybe now is the time to invest a new sewing machine. Although I have no idea how much sewing machine repairs are, I wouldn’t be surprised a simple repair would cost anywhere from $20 to $50. More complex repairs would cost more than the machine itself, I’m guessing.
Goodbye, my dear sweet blue. Thank you for your patience with my inexperience and frustrations. Thank you for helping me complete some amazing jobs. Thank you for not breaking my bank, and thank you for being simple but yet effective. Thank you for everything.
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