|the object of my affections|
So I’m having a bit of an internal debate. Should I get a new sewing machine? I got my sewing machine for my 16th birthday, almost 13 years ago (I turn 30 next year). It’s a basic Brother, at the time it was pretty snazzy with 20 different stitches (of which I use two 99% of the time – straight and zigzag) and a digital screen. I love my sewing machine, it runs beautifully when it’s tuned up and has the correct size bobbin.
It’s showing its age. The foot pedal isn’t working half the time. The tune up only lasts for about 8-12 cumulative hours of sewing before it un-adjusts itself. Then the tension goes, and the fancy stitches stop working again (which is annoying the 1% of the time I try to use them). And we're trying to be better about our budget, and spending a few hundred on a machine makes me seriously hesitate when technically my current sewing machine does work.
I’ve started looking at other machines, and I feel guilty. I actually had a dream where I was sewing and started flirting with a handsome young man. (It made sense in my dream, and I’m interpreting that as cheating on the sewing machine.) It’s not like it’s a small splurge, it’s a significant chunk of cash to spend on myself. Though the things I make benefit others as well, I still feel like it’s something just for me.
So, here are my
selfish justifications thoughts on getting a new machine:
- Paying $65 per tune up every three to six months on my old machine is not cost effective
- The machine I want is $169 (marked down from $449!), which is less than three tune ups
- Though I’d still have to get the new machine serviced it’d be every 6-12 months instead of every 3-6
- I’m making clothes for Max, and as I get more comfortable with the patterns I plan on increasing that amount to cover most of his wardrobe (which has a monetary benefit)
- I need a reliable way to make buttonholes for Max’s shirts – because I currently suck at it
- My frustration level would decrease with a machine that is more reliable (in theory)
- I would still keep the old machine as a backup, so it’s not becoming landfill fodder
- And, finally, I really, really, really want one!
Did you know that there is a doohicky on a sewing machine where you put in a button and then the machine will sew a buttonhole to fit that particular button??? That actually made me squeal when I read it! (Turns out I’m behind the times – a friend told me this is now a standard feature on all machines. What can I say, I’m easy!)
Help me out here. Should I? Shouldn’t I? What would you do? Do you have suggestions for reasonably priced machines?