My previous machine has been giving me trouble for some time now. It got to the point that I would expect anything I attempted to do to take at least double the time. As much as I wanted to be using it for various projects, I was avoiding it.
So, I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to try to find a good used sewing machine. Shortly after this conversation, she was texting me to say she had found one. Long story short, she picked it up for me at a thrift store for a mere $40.
There is something to be said about products made back in the 'good ole days'. They are just more sturdy than most of what we pay good money for nowadays. The body of this fine machine is cast iron and there is barely a scratch on her. I immediately wiped her all down from sticky fingerprints and general use, all the while examining every inch of her.
She is perfect. I named her Greta.
Whoever the previous owner was, it is evident that Greta was well loved. Other than normal wear and tear, she is really pristine. All of the parts were included and in great shape. There was an accessories box that was filled to the brim with sewing goodies that made my heart smile.
All of the cords and connections and foot pedal are still functioning well. She even came with her lovely carrying case, where the foot pedal and cords are stored when not in use.
So now I have no excuse. I will be doing more sewing now. Not so much with fabric (although I could possibly even attempt that with Greta) but mainly on paper projects. In fact, the day that I got her home, and I finished cleaning her up, I sat and sewed an entire mini album! Greta just purred as she worked her way through 4 sheets of cardstock at once!
Do you use your sewing machine for paper projects?