Whoo! And a BIG BREATH IN please! And let it out slowly (but not too slowly because I have TONS MORE WORK!!) I have been working like a crazy woman! My biggest client went to a trade show the last week in January and I have been sewing madly since just before that. I LOVE the work but it doesn't leave me any time to do personal work or share my thoughts with you! All this said, I have a new addition in my life that I just HAD to share!
SO 2 nights before my last deadline at 1:30am I snapped a needle in my machine. Now I have been SO LUCKY with my machine... I bought it in 1993 - top of the line sewing/embroidery machine - and have not had it serviced EVER! When I learned how to sew, I was in the Navy and we serviced out own machines for the most part so I have basic knowledge on how to keep it clean and running. However, since it is digital, there are a lot of places I can't get into and clean. So when I snapped my needle and it stuck, I wasn't so much concerned that I couldn't get it out. I was concerned that if I damage a part that I wouldn't be able to replace the part. It is a New Home - a company that doesn't exist anymore. Even if they CAN get a part, I am down for a week waiting. SO 1:30am and I am having heart palpitations trying to get my machine back up and running.
Now, this is not the first incidence of heart palpitations in this type of situation. The machine is slowly warning me of its impending doom. The bobbin winder hasn't worked in a long time - I am almost positive this is a dust and gunk issue but it is so far in I can't do anything about it. I can barely be read the LCD touchscreen - fortunately I use the same stitches over and over so I just don't wash the fingerprints off the screen so I know where to press.
With my work schedule, not only have I not been able to part with my machine for a week+ but I haven't had the time to machine shop for a back up machine. The other night prompted me to find my dealer and get my butt in gear. Janome has taken over New Home and not only are they my authorized repair dealers but the Janome machines use the same accessories (feet, bobbins, etc) - a MAJOR plus in my book with how many I have and use regularly.
After a bit, the saleswoman had kaboshed my putting a lot of money into my old machine (a lot of parts can only be reworked as they don't make them any more and for them money of the reworked ones, I could buy half a new equivalent one) she had sold me on a Janome that would be a great back up machine. It does everything I need for work and not much else and was half of what I thought I would need to spend. The reviews on this machine were through the roof - everyone LOVES this machine - beginners and weathered sewers alike.
SO bought the machine - it is still in the box - and will write a review and show pictures in a few days. That said - I am back to working. I dropped off an big order yesterday after pulling an all-nighter and brought home a double order. The orders are backed up so I need to get them done ASAP - if I keep this up, I will be able to get a new computer too! (yes, it has been on my list longer than a back up sewing machine - half the keys and the mouse don't work at all!!)