This morning I saw this lovely sentiment on Facebook:
Unless it happens to be the same fricking problem you had with your sewing machine last week!! I am beside myself with frustration.
It bothered me when I picked up the sewing machine last week, and they couldn't really tell me what had caused the problem except to say that I might need to purchase a new bobbin case. Mike, who can fix anything (except sewing machines), always says that a problem that repairs itself without any notion of what went wrong in the first place can be expected to return. I heard his words as I left the repair shop, and sure enough, the problem was back this morning. And now, the shop's technician won't even be back until June 7th. It looks like Big Bertha is out of commission for at least another two weeks.
Fortunately, I now have Pfelicity, who will at least allow me to continue sewing on some of my other projects. I'm happy not to have to be fighting the Janome again. And speaking of the Janome, I've had not a single nibble trying to sell it. One of my local quilt shops has a promotion coming up next week where I can donate the Janome and get 25% off any accessory for Big Bertha. There are a couple of feet I've been eyeing for a while, and so I'll just do that. The Janome will go to someone in need who might not be able to have a sewing machine otherwise. It'll be fine for garment sewing...it just isn't a very good machine for piecing quilts.
Still, I'm pretty bummed about Big Bertha, and that's the plain and simple truth of it. Mainly I'm bummed at not being able to finish the quilting on We are the World. It seems as if I've been working on it for a very long time, and to be stopped yet again is frustrating. I guess I'll just get on with my day and go grocery shopping, which feels a little like poking myself in the eye with a sharp stick...and, frankly, that might be preferable right now. Maybe I'll feed the birds instead. I hope your day is going better than mine is.
And honestly, how bad can it be? No one has died, and that's my yardstick for the goodness or badness of any day. If no one has died, it's a good day.