Normally I never have a hard time getting rid of stuff that is no longer used or usable. In fact, I am just the opposite. I toss things out way before they have time to grow roots.
But I am having a hard time saying goodbye to my old sewing machine. Maybe it’s because I bought it myself a very long time ago when I was a senior in high school. (That makes it 47 years old!) I worked hard to earn the money and purchased what was, at that time, a top of the line Viking brand sewing machine. I remember paying $400.
Mom drove me to Modesto to take sewing classes. I loved sewing my own clothes. Eventually I took tailoring classes and could make suit jackets that were beautiful. Having two boys I didn’t get to make the cute dresses, but for next to nothing I made t-shirts and shorts for Bryan and Kevin and continued making a lot of my own clothes.
But alas, more recently my sewing machine has only seen the light of day to fix a hem or repair a seam.
Yesterday I purchased fabric to make two tablecloths. When I drug out my Viking and plugged it in to finish off the edges it didn’t work so I packed it up and hauled it to a reputable sewing machine repair shop. The guy barely had to take one look at it to tell me it wasn’t worth repairing. (Insert a sob.)
I was shown some new machines (I don’t need anything fancy) starting at $500… on sale. I guess I will be borrowing one to finish the tablecloths.