My Sewing Machine’s been giving me some problems, but I’ve been pretending that it hasn’t. It started skipping stitches last week. I thought it was me so I took a breath and slowed down, but it kept happening. I cleaned it as best I could and still, it kept happening. But I didn’t want anything to be wrong with my machine. We have the Bedlam Farm Open House in two weeks and I have potholders to make for it. And I have more Pink Sneaker potholder orders to fill. So, you see, there can’t be anything wrong with my machine.
But today, when I kept screwing up the potholders I was working on, I finally decided I needed to bring my sewing machine to the shop and have it cleaned. It was behaving the same way it did the last time it needed to be cleaned. So I made an appointment at Heirloom Sewing in Glens Falls to drop it off Thursday and pick it up Friday. Jackie fit me in as soon as possible, but when I got off the phone I realized that meant I’d be three days without my machine. I felt the panic start to creep under my skin. So I unplugged my machine, thinking I’d try cleaning it myself one more time and when I turned the machine around to unscrew the plastic piece that covers the area just above the needle, I noticed it was loose. I tried to tighten the screw, but the piece wouldn’t fit back into place. So I took it off. Could this be the problem? I tried it. It worked. No skipped stitches. I kept sewing that way, all day and it continued to work fine. I don’t know why, I don’t really care. I just know, that without that plastic piece covering it’s guts, my sewing machine works.
So I cancelled my appointment at Heirloom Sewing and kept working. When I get all my potholders done, I’ll give my machine over to Jackie and let her give it the works. A day at the sewing machine spa, getting it’s gears dusted and oiled and parts fit back together properly. Everyone, even my sewing machine, need a little pampering once in a while.