Since I can't work on machines and since I can hardly sew (it still hurts to do too much with my left thumb) I have decided this would be a good time to organize my photos.
I have taken many, many, many photos since I started this hobby in September 2010. They are mostly stored chronologically on the Apple. It is a slow process, organizing. I don't have that gene so it is harder for me. I get distracted easily.
In the process of organizing I found some photos of machines rather forgotten. This one, in particular, reminds me of where I was when I first started this insanity.
Sonja and I were on our way to fetch them a week later. (we didn't want to make them ride home, too. 260 miles is a long way)
It was a really nice day in September and we stopped at some yard sales in Saratoga Springs (We were disappointed. We thought rich people in Saratoga would have good stuff....not so. I mean who is going to buy a pair of beat up old, size 12 Dansko clogs that need new soles?)
I had lined up a sewing machine to look at on Craigs List and we had picked it up just south of Saratoga. When I bought it, it was complete. This photo is one I took after I had taken much of it apart trying to rescue it. I know better now.
Sonja was gracious and kind. She drove (we had to transport three men and three bicycles back from Vermont. Her Highlander was bigger than anything Steven and I owned at the time). We stopped along the route at several yard sales. We saw no sewing machines. Finally we had decided that we were just going to head north when we passed a sale. Sonja turned around.
I saw the Riccar. It was 20 bucks. I was looking it over and trying to figure it out. "After you bought that last machine, are you really going to haggle over 20 bucks?" Honest, I was not going to haggle. But I certainly had understandable buyer's remorse over that 128. I was tryig to decide if I should buy it or not.
Of course, we know the ending. I bought it and I am glad that I did. It is a good strong end loader ZZ machine. It is sturdy and will sew through pretty thick stuff. Looking at the photo of it now, I wonder if it could be treadled. I guess, when my thumb is better, I could check that out. The sucker weighs about 35 pounds, maybe 40. No way can I try lifting it now. I wonder.......maybe Steven could help?...