Well, ladies, I am officially stumped. I am wondering what force of nature is out to get me. My last sewing machine has bit the dust. I have two. One, my very first one, was badly mistreated the first 5 years of it's life before someone told me you were supposed to oil them :0) Or even clean them out on a regular basis. I sewed on it for another three years with the timing out. I chugged along as best as I could, not having any mentor-type person there to tell me a simple, yet hard to swallow $80 repair would have fixed all my woes.
When we moved to Arizona, for the second time, I knew things would be desperately tight forever. In a last hope to be able to make money off the stuff I create, I splurged and sprang for a $200 singer. I was super paranoid when sewing. I cleaned the whole thing of lint every time I changed the bobbin, oiled every three sewing hours. The timing went out 4 months later.
I have always sworn that I had an negative field around me that destroyed all things electronic-if it could break, it would. I took both machines into the shop when we got our tax return last year. I was so ecstatic to get them back and start sewing again. The singer had the timing slip out again in less than 3 sewing hours-all in the same day of course :0) The older machine, a White, lasted maybe another month, hardly worth the $80 ( that one I only blame myself -it was simply giving up the ghost after all those years of terrible treatment). The singer, I took it back to the same shop. I told them they must not have done the repair properly and made them re-do. I really didn't sew much after that. I was very eggshell-ish when I did sew. I managed to get almost another year out of the thing. I finally did it in last week sewing on my felt project. Sadly, there was some machine sewing over felt that had been hot glued. Note to everyone* never sew over hot glue!!! You know that feeling you get when you know you are doing something you really shouldn't do, but maybe your friends are calling you a sissy and you just can't stop? That was me. I sewed anyway. Now, it's over. Waaaaaa!
It's OK. I have cake projects and scrapbooking projects, and by the way...the reason for my post today is a search for wedding ideas. My sweet friend came to me today and said she is doing a double wedding reception in Aug. Her husband has been out of work for the last year and money is very tight. I need ideas!!! Please, if you have seen ideas online, have done wedding receptions, been to receptions...We need to know!!! I know the ideas are out there, I just don't remember where I saw them in all of these past months. They are planning on 150 guests, something like 22 tables.
Hopefully all of that will keep me busy until I can figure out what to do about the machine. My hubby dropped rumors about using the Christmas bonus for a new machine...but we all know I can't wait that long! Can you imagine a week, let alone months without the sweet calming hum of the sewing machine...OK, if we are talking about either of my old machines it is more like the sweet ka-chunking of the sewing machine?
I am open to suggestions about what type of machine I should buy also :0)
When I have a surprise package filled with buck-age left on my doorstep anyway.
Oh...and while I am at it, my serger just quit also...I wasn't kidding about the whole negative electronic field. I give the whole computer about a week ;0|