It’s an easy question to answer, but a hard one for many to understand.
It’s hard to describe the connection I feel when I sew on my Great Grandmother Manuel’s machine….and how it was passed to my Grandmother, my mom’s mom ---the stories of the things that my mom sewed on it in high school ----my hands touching where their hands touched. It’s just a wonderful thing.
I love the simplicity of a non computerized non die-cut perfect process.
As a quilter, and a consummate piecer, I really only need a good straight stitch.
Most machine issues I can handle myself ---I don’t mind getting in there and getting dirt and grease under my fingernails. You can’t do that with a computerized plastic machine. Computerized machines require someone who is trained in the intricate workings of circuit boards and other electronics to keep the machine grounded and safe from frying temperamental parts while dusting out and oiling the parts that keep the machine sewing. Many times machines are taken in only to be blown out and oiled and that’s it.
What was once an easy do-it-yourself fix is now something you may be paying at least $69.99 to $99.99 at least once a year, if not twice a year for someone else to handle. Not only is the cost of routine maintenance expensive, but it is a nuisance as well. I don’t like to be without my machines --- do you??
There are a couple of things I have not mastered yet. Wiring. Timing. And I may or may not learn those in time, but I have a great “Old Sewing Machine Guy” who can tackle all of this for me when I come across something I can't handle. His prices are reasonable and we have great conversations about the old machines, and I always come away knowing more than when I arrived.
In the event of a need for zig-zag, I’ve got that covered. In the event that I need a machine embroidery stitch or button holes or machine applique stitches, I’ve got that covered – but the occasion is rare as that is not my main focus. I’m not a fuser ---I’m a piecer. Straight stitch is all I need, and a machine that is built to do ONLY straight stitch is capable of performing the best straight stitch ever.
Well, that is until tonight.
I have some vintage machine friends and connections who might have an idea of what needs to happen here ---we will get that stitch length evened out! After all, this Tiffany turned 100 years old this year, she was made in 1913. She’s just a youngster compared to some of the others ----we will get her into shape!
As for any computerized plastic machine here in the house? I doubt any of them will be working 20 years from now. They will be obsolete and parts will likely not be available to fix them. My vintage ladies? They will outlast us all!
I about to settle in to Downton Abbey and some binding ---will work on the machine more tomorrow!