The only thing that is truly new to me about my sewing machine is that, well, it is new to me–it was originally purchased in the early 60’s by a woman who has barely used it since.
A bit of background: I’ve been sewing since I was 5, and it was the first truly useful craft that I ever learned. My mom had bought me a toy sewing machine for Christmas that frustrated me so much that she finally broke down and let me use hers. I continued to use this machine until I graduated from high school and moved out of my mom’s house. I’ve missed its solid, functional presence ever since.
For high-school graduation, a couple of family friends thought that it would be a great idea to buy me my very own sewing machine so that I could take it with me to college. This was a wonderful and thoughtful gift, but unfortunately I have had problems with it ever since. A lot of the parts are plastic, and it’s just not really built to last. The final straw was last fall when I found out that it was going to cost $90 to fix. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money to repair something that had given me nothing but trouble.
After listening to a sales pitch for a $700 machine that didn’t seem much more solidly built than the broken one, I decided that I needed to go back to basics. I started scouring antiques malls for sewing machines, but never found one. I was about to give up when I finally had the inspiration to search Craigslist. Lo and behold, there were 20 listings for sewing machines!
Now most of these ads were for crappy machines like mine, but a few of them were for good old-fashioned ones. After a few weeks of trolling around on Craigslist, I found the perfect one. It is really solid, hasn’t been used that much, and still runs perfectly! I feel like I’ve struck the lottery. Now all I need to do is learn how to oil it, which is tomorrow’s project, and I will be good to go.
Stay tuned for lots of new old-fashioned sewing projects!