Nina and Bonnie run the Quilt Zoo in Worcester NY. It has a lovely selection of fabric. But more importantly, it has a great class room. On Fridays, Nina and Bonnie open the classroom to sewists who want to hang out and get help with projects. I drove over, intending to just drop in for a bit. Instead I drove back home, picked up a machine and went back. We had a blast. It is just so much more fun to sew with others.
While there, I picked up a machine for service. Barb told me she had an old Kenmore. My eyes lit up. She went upstairs to fetch it and came back with a Singer.
"I know it hasn't been run in this century." She proclaimed.
"Oh, we just had one of these in the shop. The gears in that machine were cracked. I will check it out and if the gears are good, I will clean it all up for you. It isn't a Kenmore but it will be serviceable for you."
My intent was to delve into it tomorrow morning. Instead, I couldn't resist. I wanted to check out those plastic gears.
The needle bar area is pretty clean but there are some plastic parts. The light is also in the way. I think I can work around it.
To be sure, I did not get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I saw this machine in the first place. I can guarantee that there will be no SMROs either as I work on this machine. Just the same, I think that it will be OK for her. She is just beginning to sew and is using a computerized Brother embroidery machine now.
It looked like this one.
This Singer is simpler and, as Nina suggested, would be good to use for piecing. That way Barb can save the Brother for Embroidery. (Frankly I think the Singer is better looking than the Brother. But that is like saying Winston Churchill is better looking than W. C. Fields)