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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fifty year update!

I collected my new sewing machine on Friday from Statewide Sewing Centre in Greensborough.  I was afraid that L. (the sales lady in the shop) wouldn't have time to show me how to use it, but fortunately for me, not one other customer came into the shop for nearly an hour, so I had her all to myself.  She was an excellent tutor; she got me to sit at the demo. machine and actually do all the things that I had to learn, from threading cotton to changing the various feet, of which there are half a dozen including a walking foot.  She said to come back any time if I wasn't sure of something, and as they are only five minutes from home, it is very convenient.

So, here I am at the start of a new era in sewing for me.  My dear old Singer Hushmatic now sits on the floor, waiting to be taken back to Statewide and fixed.  L. told me that I wasn't the only one to make the mistake of pulling the machine apart to clean it and going too far.  She said they had three other similar cases this year!  I don't feel quite so stupid...

And here is the new one.  Gulp...I'm quite intimidated by modern technology, so I fear it is going to take me a while to actually get around to making something.   Thank goodness the instruction book is very comprehensive because I've already forgotten most of what L. showed me at the shop :-(
See the Pink Ribbon symbol, and the pink bits on the machine?  Apparently this is a limited edition brought out by Janome to raise funds for Breast Cancer research.  I didn't know about that when I signed up for it at the Convention, but I must say I quite like having a pink machine!

6 comments:

Melody said...

I love my Janome and I'm sure you will be happy with yours. Hope to catch up soon.

Linens and Royals said...

Poor Singer, abandoned after all these years. The new Janome does look a bit intimidating as I'm sure the Singer was so many years ago.
I'm not really sure what a walking foot is but I somehow feel I want one. Let me know all the clever things you can do with yours.

Christine M said...

I have a Singer like your old one. It was my first machine and now lives in the bottom of my wardrobe! Have fun with your new machine.

Joy V said...

Once you get used to the new machine Gina you will wonder how easily it does things and wonder why you didn't upgrade your other machine before. Have lots of fun playing with it.

Aussie Stitcher said...

You will be sewing up a storm in no time Gina. It looks wonderful.

Cathy said...

I still sew 95% on my 1938 Singer that had been my grandmother's. But now it won't pick up the top thread into the bobbin. I've heard so much good stuff about the Janome. I hope to get one someday! I know you can't wait until it is an old friend! ♥♥♥