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Sewing and Stuff

My sewing machine broke again, and this time it isn’t just in need of a new needle. The bobbin won’t turn. My sister gave me her old machine to see if it would work, but I can’t get it to run either. The local JoAnn Fabrics charges at least $60 just to look at a machine to repair. What I’d like to do is come up with some money to buy a new simple Singer. Hard to find money, I will have to keep squeezing turnips.

I’ve been clearing closets by donating clothes, throwing away clothes that are not even worth the fabric, chopping up old T-shirts into cleaning rags, and cutting up other clothes to use the fabric. I like that last part, it’s fun. I’ve made laundry bags, for one thing. My best ones were from two old cotton/seersucker tablecloths. Then some others were from very old satiny pajamas.

I wanted to make a loose pullover top from some very old fabrics that date from when I was a kid. I have a few pieces that my mother had in a blue suitcase. I know my older sisters would recognize them.

Speaking of sisters, now 3 of my 4 sisters live in the area. My oldest sister moved back here from Las Vegas and now lives in a downtown building with a great view of the baseball stadium. She can probably watch games from there. She and her husband are planning to go to Europe again next year, then move somewhere else, possibly, so her time here is limited. They are both retired. Some people planned carefully and have great pensions, but others (like me) will never be able to retire and will be cleaning houses when they’re old, possibly living in a trailer parked illegally in the woods. Yep. Who cares! Just so I survive!

I’m invited to a Harry Potter event at the museum this weekend, which should be amusing. Maybe my sis and I should wear something special and witchy, maybe paint stripes in our hair or something.

posted on July 20, 2017 11:18 AM ()


My mom, master craftswoman, used an original Singer for years with the foot pedal, an ornate thing. Then she had it updated with a motor and used it another 25 years. I never learned to sew, except to do a few repairs with needle and thread and a friend taught me the invisible stitch. But I really don't have the patience for it. But I will spend hours trying to solve a chord problem in a piano piece. Different strokes.
comment by tealstar on July 21, 2017 10:08 AM ()
Sewing machines are too cranky for me! Lovely to have your sisters near you.
comment by elderjane on July 20, 2017 2:36 PM ()
It's so long since we've all been in the same place. I'm hoping my youngest sister can come out after a while from Utah. That would be amazing, all us girls.
reply by drmaus on July 20, 2017 11:41 PM ()
That's all we can do--survive!!1 And who could ask for anything more? Just let me get up in the morning and I will work the rest of the day out!
comment by greatmartin on July 20, 2017 2:05 PM ()
While I am not of your sunny disposition, I have to say I like breathing the air and walking around, that's for sure. So survival is the aim...
reply by drmaus on July 21, 2017 12:12 AM ()
Did you open up the bottom plate and give it a good cleaning inside there? Thread might have gotten wrapped around a spindle. Some of the older machines need to be oiled - I was never good at that. Oh, I hate it when people come up with easy solutions that I've already tried, so please forgive me if you've done this.
comment by troutbend on July 20, 2017 11:40 AM ()
There are 2 machines, and I did check inside my original one, but maybe there's a broken pin somewhere. It's oiled recently; I can't see anything. The other is probably terribly dusty, I might open it and clean it. If even one could work a little bit, that would be nice.
reply by drmaus on July 20, 2017 11:36 PM ()

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