Rowing the boat without an oar!

My quilting hobby has costs.  Usually it is the consumables like fabric, needles, and thread.  Three weeks ago my best machine that I have used for all my sewing projects for the last 3 years, including all FMQ, finally decided to take a rest.  Or perhaps I should say, part of the machine decided to take a nap.  Whatever stopped working affects the automatic tension controls.  I am afraid if I continue to piece the On Ringo Lake project, and when the quilt is completed and washed it will fall apart. That is how loose the stitches are.  I suspect the controller card went out.  I used it to embroider, and when the unit switched back it was not right.  Embroiders beautifully, but won’t sew a seam right.  I know this is going to cost at least $150 to be serviced plus whatever part has failed.  The good news is, I have the cash because I have NOT spent money on fabric.  So a piece of my pie goes to a different person.

After fiddling with the machine trying to figure it out, and then giving up, I snuck out to the storage shed with a flashlight and got out the machine I have had since the 4th grade.  Thanks to my Grandmother’s wisdom, her gift keeps on giving.  She had the foresight in the very early 80s that machines were going plastic.  She specifically sought out an old metal machine to give so I could learn to sew.  She knew how to thread it without an instruction manual.  She knew what adjustments to make when it did not sew right.  Fast forward 35 years and oh so many moves, I still have the machine.

About 10 years ago I thought I had burned up the motor in it and took it to the last sewing machine repair shop in town.  Turned out it was the foot pedal that went bad.  They fully serviced the machine and it is still sewing.  The lady at the repair shop who is now desceased told me, “You hold onto this machine, they don’t make them like this any more.”  The mere idea of getting rid of this perfectly chosen gift oh sew many years ago is unfathomable.

I am here today using this old gem again.  Am I sad about my other machine?  No….but when you use a machine as much as I have used it, it becomes so familiar that you reach for the presser foot lever, or flywheel, without even having to look.  It is like driving a standard transmission vehicle.  When you get into an automatic you find yourself reaching for the gear shifter that is not there.

So, I am crossing the waters of Ringo Lake.  They have been choppy, but I refuse to let myself sink.  I may have drifted a bit off course with no oars, but I am not treading water.

I figured in a week’s time that I would have all 50 blocks sewn together, but the conditions did not allow it.  Progressed happened, just slower than anticipated.  I am thankful that I have my backup machine.  She’s a real trooper for choppy waters, and has been there ready to be used at a moments notice.  Practically an old friend, but truly the gift that keeps on giving.  This old machine will probably outlive me, and can be passed down to my children.  And my Granchildren far into the future will get to sew because of their Great-Great Grandma’s wisdom!

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I will be linking up with the Monday Link up for the Mystery quilt On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter.  All the instructions to make this quilt are provided under the ON Ringo Lake tab on her website.  The pattern is totally free at this time and will eventually go to a digital download that will cost you money.  Go there now and get the directions while the getting is good.

Checkout of my other blog the Cookbookproject for tasty recipes.  This weekend I am making spaghetti and meatballs from scratch, that recipe share is here!  Thank you for visiting and reading my blog!  I enjoy reading your comments, don’t forget to leave one!

5 thoughts on “Rowing the boat without an oar!

  1. I love the orange shades you have used. Beautiful!
    I sewed my mystery on a machine that is nearly 80 years old. I’m sure it will still work when all the computerised machines made today have stopped.


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