*Are your speakers on?*
Here is my 1956 Kenmore sewing machine. She was rescued from the trash back in '93, thanks to Oprah, lol! I was visiting a friend and I kept saying I had to get going, but I got sucked in to watching the Oprah Show. When it was over I was walking out to my car when I heard someone ask, "Do ya need a sewing machine?" They were carrying it to the dumpster and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time! I put my girl in the car and couldn't wait to start a project.
I don't sew much, and don't know much about machines~or sewing for that matter. Over the years Old Faithful has endured much abuse. I never changed the needle according to fabric weight. I didn't adjust tension unless she acted up. I oiled her maybe twice. I sewed denim, and many layers together at once and she barely complained. I sewed sheer and net fabrics and cringed as I listened to her knocking.
But last year she'd had all she could take. The last thing I sewed on her were these little "Airmen" hats. I cut them down from adult sizes to fit the boys for my brother's wedding. I almost didn't get the second one finished. I was really crossing my fingers and gritting my teeth on that one, but she held on for me!
You can see the difference in the "toddler size" and "adult size" here~
Thank you Old Faithful!!
Alas, she will not feed fabric any longer. I try to run something thru and it just stays in the same place with a whirling sound as if the belt is loose. It's not the belt, and I changed it just to be sure. I oiled it. I checked the tension. There aren't any tangled threads. I'm hoping it's just something with the feed dogs but I haven't had time to mess with it or take it anywhere to be looked at. I swear I'll get her fixed one day and take good care of her this time!
I knew I needed a new machine, for more reasons than one. The number one reason being that I had to have an automatic buttonholer! In order to do the ruffles on Scarlett's BBQ dress, I must make roughly 1,500 buttonholes!!! (GASP) Not to mention this will be done on reproduction BBQ fabric that costs $600.00.
Um, yah. Don't wanna mess that up.
So, Old Faithful has been somewhat replaced.
The thing is, I'm scared to death of sewing machines.
I am more afraid of them than computers! Kevin bought me this brand new Kenmore the Christmas BEFORE LAST, and I have not sewn a single stitch! There is still a piece of film underneath the presser foot from the factory. It came with a video and it looks like rocket science to me. This is a HUGE obstacle I want to overcome, SOON.