You're probably bored of me talking about my sewing machine problems.
Today DH took Nancy (my singer confidence) to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston - for a visit with the awesome Jim (repairman). It turns out that Jim left early today and Wally talked to someone else in that section of the store (probably not a repairman... at least not from what I gather).
The verdict? Nancy's not broken. What?
Yeah. I'm not exactly sure what the guy said (and I know he knew what was going on with the machine... I wrote a note explaining it all)... but he pretty much told wally that it was probably a threading issue. First off- I've had this machine for a year and a half, quilted about 10 quilts on it (start-finish) pretty much used it a ton. I know how to thread it. I'm not dumb. Second he said it may have been the type of thread I was using plus the fabric I was using. No. Regular Coats & Clark 100% cotton thread (same as always) and two layers of Kona and one layer of batting does not equal a sewing machine that freezes/locks/does not sew. I mean physically I couldn't turn the hand wheel. Flashy lights and beeping? I don't think this guy had a clue. He did offer that he could sign the machine into their que to be checked out -- that would take two weeks minimum (no thanks, I'll wait for Jim who will explain everything to me). But on the bright side I didn't have any problems with her tonight while I was sewing. (but I'm still nervous about it).
Ok so the impressed part? The guy at the shop was impressed that I'd done so much quilting on such a low grade machine. (or that someone who owned the low grade machine was so serious about quilting). He said that most people who do that much sewing/quilting are doing so on a much higher model (think Viking, Janome, Bernina). No he wasn't trying to sell Wally on any other machine... but Wally was asking about what the next appropriate model up would be; the guy obviously showed him the Viking (about $1200). I was sure to tell Wally that he's not allowed to pick out my next machine (and Nancy's working again anyway) - he likes to surprise with that sort of thing... but I want a machine with the things that I want! :) Not that we have that sort of money right now. But for the future. lol. Wally was surprised that I knew exactly the machine that the guy showed him... and the comparable other brands. lol. Duh. He knows what a BMW looks like.
So Nancy works. (lol and the shop guy assumed Nancy was my name... lol wally had to explain that it was the machine's name). And it was a bit of a confidence boost to hear wally quoting the shop guy praising my ability to sew on such a machine. I'm also a little insulted (not really) on Nancy's behalf. She's a good machine and a real workhorse. God knows what's wrong with her... lol Hopefully it doesn't happen again.