I've been struggling big time with my 3-year old sewing machine for about two months now. It must be out of kilter in some way --- at least it is not in tune with MY kilter. I've been so frustrated at times! My machine store charges $100 to even look at it, which has not been in my budget.
It is now to the point, however, that I can't even sew one inch without trouble.
So, I'm making an appointment with the guru to look at it.
In the past 60 years there hasn't hardly been a day when I haven't sewn something. I would give up my stove, dishwasher, and every kitchen appliance on the planet for my sewing machine. It is attached to me like another arm!
It's a good thing that I'm not without a backup -----
I had forgotten just how wonderful and simple an old straight-sewing machine is. This one sews like a dream with such a beautiful stitch.
Before my new machine, I wore out two machines that I had purchased in the 1950s and 1960s (one a straight-sewer and one a zig-zag). My grandfather, the sewing-machine store owner/guru, sold them to me and taught me how to service and maintain them myself. I would still be using them, but could no longer find replacement parts.
That's when I bought the high-maintenance; plastic; computer-infused; expensive taste in thread; over-gadgeted thing they call a sewing machine these days.
Don't mind me --- I'm just frustrated and pining for the 'good old days'.