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So now that life has settled down some and I have the time to sew, would you believe my sewing machine is on the fritz?  Frustrating, but such is life.  Maybe I'll just have to kit up some projects so they are ready to go when the machine is repaired.    

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Comment by Barbara Graham on January 14, 2014 at 9:59am

Holy moly, PQ, where do you have to take it? My dealer is only 110 miles away so it's not bad. (unless the roads are icy and then I won't go)

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 14, 2014 at 7:04am

It must be" Machine Fritz January"... Me too...Serger AND Sewing Machine.  I was so ticked....  I did get all my thank-you cards made that's a good thing, Right?  After spending $5000 on a Bernina years and years ago I can;t afford to upgrade so I did the fix.  Thankfully it wasn't major.  Although our local quilt shop has starting selling Pfaffs, I'd sure like to buy a smaller cheaper second machine.

Comment by J.S. on January 14, 2014 at 3:32am

It might be worth it to get a new one.  Both kids are married now so it's time for you to treat yourself.  You know how much sewing you're going to be doing with Merrick here and more grandbabies in the future.  I think you deserve it and I'm sure your DH would agree.

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on January 13, 2014 at 9:33pm

We have a lady that will come to your house and service your machine.  It is time for me to call her.  Considering I have to drive 20 or so miles to take it to where I bought it and leave it for a week, I think it is pretty neat that this lady will come to the house for the same price.  I have got until Feb 7th to get a baby quilt made and then I will call her.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

I'm in the same boat, ranchmom.  It will cost me quite a bit just to get it there and back, whether I drive it or ship it.  It was just in the shop in late 2012 getting a new tension unit.  The service tech said he'd never seen one so worn out that it just fell apart in his hands.  I'm not great about getting it serviced every year, just because of the miles involved, but I do try to keep it cleaned and tuned up here at home as best I can.  But I'm sure it's been "rode hard & put up wet" a few times...or I've just expected it to work on the more heavy duty stuff it wasn't intended to handle.  It actually hasn't sewn the best after getting the new tension unit, but I've limped along with it.  It's been a great machine that has given me no problems until just lately.  

Comment by ranchmom/OR on January 13, 2014 at 10:34am

When my machine broke a few years ago, I was told it would cost over $100.00 to have it sent to a big repair shop in Washington state and from there they would  advise me of the price to fix it. I called DH in tears and ended up bringing home a new machine.  DH still says, I poured on the tears and got a new machine, but he also knows he wouldn't be able to live with me if I could not sew.lol

Comment by Pam/NY on January 13, 2014 at 10:01am

Never mind.......

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 13, 2014 at 9:39am

I'm only a state away--and the way the wind is howling here today, I could attach a sail to my pickup and make it to Nebraska in 20 minutes. Okay, maybe not. Last year, I bought a new machine--expensive but not in the top tier pricewise. It's big, it's heavy, it can't go to retreats and classes. So, about the same time, the motherboard in my 20 year old machine fizzled. What to do? Yes, I had it    repaired. I could have bought a new, but inexpensive machine for the same price--but the machine is good (plus it started out free because I won it). Even my frugal husband agreed it was the  right thing.

Long story made short--you deserve a new machine--plus you are making things for HIS grandchild--and, maybe have the old one fixed for backup.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 13, 2014 at 8:44am

You're absolutely right, BJ.  

Pam - My thoughts exactly.  However, DH might not let us be friends anymore...

Comment by Pam/NY on January 13, 2014 at 8:13am

As much as we use them, we're only as good as our tools let us be...upgrade!

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