Saturday, April 26, 2008
I drove out to Elmhurst today with my old machine. After a preliminary check, the news is not so good. The advice that I got was that I could end up spending a lot of money on the repair that may not extend the machine's life much, that could be put towards a new machine.
Here's the history of my old Bernina. It was a college graduation gift from my parents, so there's that emotional attachment. I remember that it cost about $1000, which was a lot more money in 1979. I used it quite a bit for about 25 years. I didn't use it much at the last apartment because of space. Other than some oil and cleaning, I never had it serviced. No one told me, but now it appears to be common sense. Like changing the oil in your car every 3000 miles, or changing the dog's water every day (which didn't occur to the Man while I was away).
With all the features of a moderately priced modern sewing machine, mine seems primitive. I'm really leaning towards a purchase. I can't talk about this with the Man, because it's going to use up all of my "stimulus" payment. So, I called my advisor (Mom), who thinks I should just go with the new one.
The shop gave me a great price, >30% off last year's version of this model. I didn't know this until today, but new models of sewing machines come out each year, like cars. With all the quilting and nesting projects I envision, I should just take the plunge. I'll be doing my bit for economic stimulus.