"Working on my gortex pants. I need to sew on belt loops."
"My suspenders hook to a belt."
"Oh. How many do you have to do?"
"Six or eight."
"How many have you done?"
"Oh for Heaven's sake. We have over one hundred machines. Let me help."
So I got out Viking Designer II. True I could have used the Singer 237 treadle or the 401. I have not used the Viking is such a long time. I thought I should try it out. Once upon a time it was my only machine. I knew nothing else. Now that I have all these vintage machines I know better.
I had to remember how to thread it. I kept reaching around back for the presser foot lifter. The whole thing is automatic and electronic. I was pretty confused. I managed to sew all 5 nd 1/2 loops though and Steven's belt fits and he can wear his suspenders on his mountain climb tomorrow.
Do I like this machine? There are some features that are nice. Needle up and Needle down. Automatic foot lifter. It sounds like a remote control airplane, though and I live in fear that its 10 year old mother board will die. Its stitch isn't pretty AT ALL.
What should I do? I can't service it myself because I can't figure out how to get into it. Bench fee starts at 90 bucks and I am not at all interested in paying someone to service a machine that I rarely use. So I guess I will sell it. Locally. I am not interested in shipping it. Not at all.