Today I had to go in for BLS refresher. I was finished before 10 AM. Now that I am certified for another two years, I can save human lives, should the occasion arise. I hope it never does.
I much prefer saving sewing machines.
I took Wilson to the vet later this morning for his suture removal. He was such a good boy. He just stood there while Dr. B. snipped those stitches away. He didn't even flinch. Then we went to the car wash. That was a waste of 15 minutes and 4 dollars. Just the same, for five minutes my not yet paid for car was clean. OK, it was clean for longer than that, but the last three miles of the trip home rendered the car muddy and salty. With sub zero temps coming I won't be able to wash the car for weeks.
I really thought that the BLS refresher would take all morning and that the suture removal would take much of the afternoon. Not that taking out stitches is a big deal. Trekking to the vet and waiting sometimes takes longer than one would think. But, no. I was home well before 1 PM. Bonus time. What to do with it all?
Get that 158.1931 out and see how wide that ZZ really is. Which is exactly what I did, after I broke trail through the back field on snow shoes so the dogs would be able to get out of the yard. We got out, but they wanted to come right back and Frannie said " No way, I will wait here."
I knew that I had a set of attachments for this machine. I just couldn't find them. I looked in my box of miscellaneous Kenmore attachments and cams but did not find the set. I did find a button hole attachment and a full set of cams. If nothing else, I could see how they worked.
The Kenmore 158.1931 has about a 5 mm ZZ. The button hole attachment did work well. Very nifty set up. Not being a garment sewer I have little interest in button holes. I can see why folks like a built in button hole stitch. This attachment required some effort to set up but once attached to the machine it worked quite nicely. I might even make some button holes, for fun.
I played with some cams, too. I have never had success with the duck, fish or tulip cams on other Kenmores. They worked beautifully on this machine. The built in special stitches were equally gorgeous. So now what?
"No wonder I have a problem," I said to Steven as he helped himself to a snack. "I love all these machines."
"Well, it's better than boats or cars." he replied.
Now, machine and attachments are all together in a canvas LL Bean bag I bought really cheap at the outlet store years ago. Who cares if my name isn't Harrison? The bag is tough, big and will house this machine AND its attachments in one place.
So, it was a good day: BLS re-certified, Wilson sutureless and happy, sewing machine and attachments reunited, car cleaner than it was and a path made for the dog walk.
Oh, yes, and Steven did the dishes tonight. I suppose I should make note of it on the calendar.