My friend, let’s call her Nibs, offered me her sewing machine. It’s about 6 years old, she thinks, and has no power/foot control. Oh, and it was also jammed somehow.
I got it home and investigated my new little Brother. It’s a pretty basic machine. A good starter. It has a bobbin case which I haven’t seen since Junior High home ec. (My usual machine, Betsey, has a drop in bobbin. So spoiled.) Anyway, the needle wouldn’t go all the way down. It was obviously hitting something. I looked at the bobbin case and saw that it wasn’t in place properly. I clicked it in and moved the wheel. It works! I felt like a genius!
The problem of no foot control or power would be a bigger issue. I looked online and saw that I could buy one for $35. With shipping almost $60. Ugh. I didn’t want to have to do that. Then, on a whim, I looked on Kijiji locally. There was a Brother foot control and with a little research I saw that it was the right one! At least it sure seems like it is. And it’s only $15 with no shipping! I felt brilliant! Now I just have to arrange a meet up.
Here are the goodies that came with it. Your standard stuff. I was a little peeved to see an invisible zipper foot since I recently bought one on eBay and had it shipped from China or somewhere. All of these feet fit Betsey too.
So I will likely get this machine working and either give it back to Nibs and offer some lessons to her. Or try to pass it on to a person in need. Not sure exactly how I’ll find someone but I can put some feelers out there. Wouldn’t the gift of sewing to a single mother or family in need be a good thing?
YOU CAN HELP! Brother, the company (Big Brother?) has offered to mail me a complimentary manual for this machine but it has to go to a US address. I’m in Canada. Any of my American friends willing to receive the manual and send it on to me? Obviously I will pay for postage. Send me an email fallingthroughyourclothes<at>gmail<dot>com please!
And now my big surprise!
I’m going to London! In May! It was a spur of the moment decison early Tuesday at about 1am. We were looking for places to vacation in California, USA for May and then just decided to go to London instead! The first thing I did was locate Liberty London and Walthamstow Market. For fabric obviously. We are also going to see a couple of bands play while we are there and I must see some theatre. The more iambic pentameter the better!
Oh, I’m so excited! If you have any hints, tips, suggestions, please let me know. It will be in early May so bring on the knowledge!
What I’m listening to: London Calling by The Clash (I couldn’t resist!)