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Giving up on my stupid machine
But not sewing
jynclr  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/21/12 1:46 PM

First of all, thank you guys so much for helping me with my sewing machine in my thread here.

I have tried SO MUCH with this machine only doing what the manual claims it can do, nothing else. I SHOULD be able to sew on knits. I cannot, for the life of me, get the tension right to hem this knit shirt. It's awful.

I know I can do woven material on this machine, but really, I'm just DONE with trying to "work" with its quirks. Sewing is NOT fun. Not at all. It's a CHORE with this machine.

Until I can get a new one, I'm just simply not going to sew. And NO, I am not getting a used machine. I have been burned buying used/refurb'd.

I am so frustrated right now I literally want to go throw this stupid sewing machine off a bridge. Or better yet.. you know that scene in "Office Space" where they took the printer out to a field...? That. That's what I want to do with this sewing machine.

I *might* be able to do crafts on this machine. Maybe. If I feel like even sewing on it. But not clothes like I wanted to.

I'll be around, but won't really post questions until I get my REAL sewing machine - that can do what it's SUPPOSED to do. You guys have been so wonderful. I really am indebted for all the help and patience you've given me and my sewing machine. But I'm just done until I can get a new sewing machine. And that won't be for a long while.
-- Edited on 1/21/12 1:47 PM --

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Date: 1/21/12 2:24 PM

Hi, J.

I feel your pain. I really do! While you said you were not interested in another used machine.....I hope you might consider picking up a well loved (perhaps vintage?) machine at a reasonable price while you save up for the one you really want. There are so many machines out there on places like Craigslist and at thriftstores. Are they always in great shape? No, you have to be careful as you would be with anything else. But there are a lot of really good ones at reasonable prices, too. The interim machine can be a backup once you have your dream machine.

Reminds me, one of my terrific finds was a mechanical Kenmore, vintage, that sews like a dream. I bought it from a giggly blonde co-ed who told me her grandmother had hoped she'd learn to sew. She explained to me that she just didn't get it. $40 later, we were both estatic!

"Usually yes, but not too often"


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Date: 1/21/12 2:31 PM

Oh gosh. I can't imagine not having a machine to sew on.

Honey.. if you are close enough to me you are welcome to come borrow one of my machines.. No kidding. Normally don't loan them out. but really I have so many and poor things don't get sewn on often enough. PM me if you are in the Dallas area..
And don't worry about breaking one. I do it all the time. thats why I buy so many..
Doris W. in TN
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Date: 1/21/12 4:18 PM

I feel your pain. It's okay to take a hiatus until you replace the machine. You have paid your dues and earned a nice experience with the next one. Buy what you can afford from a good local dealer who will warranty and stand behind the machine, which ever brand & model you buy.

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Date: 1/22/12 11:42 AM

I am so sorry you have had such a bad experience with this machine. I second the vote for a vintage mechanical. You might be able to find something for only a few bucks at a thrift store, yard sale, craigs list etc. I would look for a Singer or a Kenmore. If I remember from the last thread that you like to sew crafts and a vintage mechanical is just the thing for bags and other things made out of heavy material. I have a Kenmore I bought in 1980. That machine takes very little maintenance (just some oil now and then) and plows through anything. There are lots of good machines around and people will get rid of them because they don't want to mess with trying to sell them. After this experience, you now know far more than you need to know to keep a vintage mechanical in working condition. Just keep your eyes open because you never know what you might find. Keep us posted about your hunt and if you find something and need help again just post something.
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