After 8 hours, one trip to Good Will (with 12 garbage bags and 2 large boxes) and several posts to FreeCycle, my classroom is finally de-cluttered! I feel lighter. Only 5 more rooms to go. . . .
Two of the things I posted on FreeCycle were sewing machines -- now on to my dilemma:
I was blessed to have 3 sewing machines: a basic Singer, which was my college graduation present over a decade ago:
and two Brothers, that my sister rescued from the garbage this past summer.
The Singer was my everyday machine. It wasn't the best -- the stitches weren't quite even or perfect (or professional-looking) but it was simple and worked hard. The Brothers, of unknown history or age, miraculously, worked fine as backup machines: I suppose my workload was too much for two of them. My handy-dandy Singer died, just before Christmas, when I had aaallll those sachet orders to fill. Nice timing. One of the Brothers died shortly before that (pictured above.) I prayed that my last back-up machine would last me through Christmas (it did.)
I called our local sewing machine repair shop to ask about service fees. I felt sick when he told me it would be $90, per machine, just to look at them. I'm not sure my Singer cost that much new! So, I offered them through FreeCycle. . . . maybe someone can fix them and get several more years out of them.
Now, what to do? I was going to save up my birthday money, and some Etsy sales, and invest in a new, heavy-duty machine. I don't want a fancy computerized machine -- that's just not what I would use. I want a work horse.
My seamstress sister recommended the Singer HD110, with a commercial grade motor (and 1100 stitches per minute! woo-hooo!) I researched that model, read the reviews, and decided that that was the machine for me. I had asked my father if he could repair my other machines, and he said it just wasn't worth it. . . . and then bought me the Singer HD for my birthday!!!! (I'm excited -- this warrants 4 exclamation marks!)
It arrived just a few days ago, and I finally got to try it out yesterday. Looooove it. LOVE it! It's so fast, and the stitches are just beautiful. It's supposed to be able to sew heavy fabrics like denim, canvas and leather with no problems, so I can't wait to make some new totes with it. Thank you so much, Dad! It's perfect.