a fix for my withdrawal

Posted Tue, Apr 2 2013 2:00 PM by quiltcrone

I've just been beside myself since my trusty machine, Annie, got sick and had to be sent to the hospital. Has it really been only 3 days? Seems like 3 weeks! I know we're only talking about quilting here, but believe it or not, I was truly bummed. I was all mopey and sad. Not exactly bored, I mean, there are always chores to do & I finally got our taxes done. But I wanted to work on my quilt! ( Sounds like I'm 12 and having a tantrum, doesn't it?) My sweet DD2 had offered me the use of her machine, but she uses hers on a regular basis, and since it will probably be a couple of weeks before I can get mine back I didn't want to deprive her. I mentioned to DH that I was seriously considering purchasing a simple, basic machine from Walmart. Not only would it get me through this, but it would be there as backup in the event that Annie gets sick again. Well, DH made  frowney faces at me when I said that. I was a bit peeved about that, but he redeemed himself. He reminded me that when I got Annie I had given my old machine to DD1 in hopes that she or one of the DGD's would take an interest. That was a vain hope. I don't think the case has been opened in the 10 years since I gave it to her. But, I gave her a call to see if she still had it, and if so, could I pick it up? Blessed be! She still has it! I'm going to pick it up this afternoon after work! This machine, Jenny is her name, is a New Home that I had purchased back in 1977. Hopefully, although I'm sure she could use a visit to the Dr for a clean & tune, she will still work well enough that I can use her to piece until Annie comes home. Then to show my appreciation for her help I'll send her in for a check up.

In case you're wondering, I've named my machines after the much loved (and much missed) women in my life who first taught me to sew and such. Jenny was named for my paternal grandmother. Annie is named for one of my aunts who was like a mother to me growing up.

So, if all goes well, tonight I can get back to work on MQ8 and not have to worry about getting behind.


# re: a fix for my withdrawal

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:08 PM by Pamela

It's hard not being able to sew - I just had rotator cff surgery - but I'm finding other quilt related activities to keep me busy. But, I miss not having something in my hands when I'm watching TV.

# re: a fix for my withdrawal

Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:14 AM by Caryl Anne

I can relate to your dilemma, & I do have a back up machine, well two back ups, but when my Janome is at the DR office I just sit around the room for a day or so then get to cutting for the next project. It always makes me feel good to have another piece cut out.  I must mention that my second machine is used for craft sewing not 1/4" and the third is a vintage Necchi that belonged to Mother and I learned to sew on it at 12 YO. When last my machine was in the hospital it was gone for 7 weeks and my blessed dealer gave me one to use while mine was there. Whew what we go thru to sew our passions.

talk sweet to Jenny and I'll bet she will be all to happy to be back in your good graces., & sew sew sew the perfect seams, CarylAnne

# re: a fix for my withdrawal

Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:51 AM by quiltcrone

I did talk sweet to Jenny, gave her a good cleaning & oil for those old joints and she's back! I finally got to actually sew for a half hour or so last night. Had to spend some time dialing her in, but she will get me through. And I'm never letting her leave again! LOL, nothing computerized about this old girl. All mechanical and she clatters just like my joints in the morning! DH just turned up the volume on the TV and let me have at her.