I love this networking thing!
It is amazing to me how I can just let a “NEED” out there and someone comes to my rescue SO generously that I am completely blown away.
It is my deepest wish that I can also be aware of those opportunities when it comes to giving to others. I know what it feels like to be on the receiving end. I need to push my giving end more, and I'm learning so much by watching those other givers around me.
For instance --- Remember me talking about my K-Tec mixer and how I loved it, but the only way to get it to run anymore was to hold down the “pulse” button because the on/off button had quit working?
Well, I got a very generous email from Mary M who said “So glad you love your K-tec, and sorry to see it’s not working. I have an extra just sitting here, would you like it?!”
Would I like it?! Oh my goodness! Just like that, I had a replacement mixer winging its way to me. I’ve used the new old mixer – it has replaced the old one and has become just like an old – but NEW—friend! And I am so grateful for people who are so giving and generous.
The same thing happened when quilters found out about machine needs. You know I’ve had a hard time with the demise of my Bernie. It’s still not over ---I’m seriously thinking of sending her in to Big Bernina in Chicago and just having her worked over until she is good-as-new. It’s just that “nagging” thing that putting good money after old may not be the brightest thing to do. I’m still sitting on the fence and watching and waiting and checking shops to see what trade-ins they have available. My ultimate dream would be that someone trades in a gently used 1080 or 1090 and she could come live with me happily-ever-after.
But in the mean time, through a network of quilters who had read about my plight, I came across this little work horse!
She is now at home with me. I set her up in the usual “Bernie Spot”. She fit the feet of my old Bernie like a charm. The plexiglass table fits. She doesn’t have many bells or whistles, but she has that wonderful Bernina straight stitch and feed dog motion that I love. She is completely mechanical, not a computer circuit board to be found. She will do zig zag and a few other stitches, but mostly --- I just PIECE. And piece and piece and piece and piece. And I think she will be happy to ride shotgun with me without worry of shaking a circuit board loose.
I ride my machines hard…and this one….she now has a place in my “Fleet!”
We spent some time bonding yesterday. That seam allowance is still right on, as it should be…she is wearing my old Bernie’s 1/4” foot! It was like meeting a New Old Friend. She is her own individual self though. Her motor hum sings a pitch a bit lower than my 1080. She has her own feel and things will take some getting used to.
Isn't it funny how we are such creatures of habit? I kept reaching for the "back up" button in the same place it was on my 1080, and it isn't there! I *KNEW* it wasn't there, but that motion of habit is so ingrained that I kept pushing where there WAS no button! Sweet girl, we will figure this out, the two of us.
Together, she and I made quite a pile of pieces! Here I’m working on the border for the Midnight Flight Quilt ----I’m teaching this in Williamsburg in August, so you’ll get to see lots of this in progress along the way!
Another friend, Laura, is on her way over to sew today! She has a beautiful quilt she finished at Camp Dogwood Retreat last month and I offered her machine time on the longarm to get that big puppy quilted…and let me tell ya, Laura knows all about BIG PUPPIES! She has a couple of the biggest great-dane sized puppy dogs at home that I have ever seen! We are sure to have a fun day ----
This afternoon, DH & I are headed to Wake Forest University to go watch the Demon Deacons take on the Clemson Tigers in Basketball! It’s great to spend a weekend at home with my peeps!