Thursday, August 19, 2010

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get....

Meet Bernie!  I tried finding a used one, but the used Berninas were going for more than I wanted to pay for a used machine, so yesterday I mustered up my courage and bank account, and bought this--which technically solves my stash problems too, because now I don't have any money to spend on yarn or fabric anyway......

It's a purely mechanical machine, and this is the one that home ec and theater classes used, so I figure if it can withstand teenagers, it will work for me for the next 40 years.  And even when I eventually DO get Jeeves back, it will be a good idea to have a heavier machine for bigger sewing projects since Jeeves has more things to go wrong.

Speaking of Jeeves, I called and left a message at my Husqvarna dealer yesterday before setting out to run errands and pick up Bernie ........and no one has called me back yet--more than 24 hours later.  I think I would have gotten Bernie even if Jeeves had been ready to be picked up yesterday, but the poor service from Husqvarna just keeps adding up.  If they start consistently not returning my calls, I'll be making a call to the Attorney General's office and the Better Business Bureau.  You can't advertise a warranty and then effectively not honor it.   

My first sewing project is this
and I was hoping to have it finished last night, but that's bias tape all the way around the dress, and it takes quite a while to to put it on each part.  BUT, I should have a project done today!!!!!! 

Someone is unimpressed..
Since Jeeves has been gone most of 2 months, I don't think Theo believes we're actually sewing again.  Maybe in another week......

6 comments:

Dana KBS said...

I have my great-aunt's Bernina from the '70s and it's still running strong...Hi Bernie!

Janet said...

Good for you, Bernie should fill in the void wonderfully. I enjoy having more than 1 machine (I have 3, lol) makes a whole lot of sense when a machine goes down, lol. Luckily mine only need to go in for a good TLC cleaning and such. My big Janome 1600P is a professional grade machine, only a straight stitch, but lots of different attachments. I have to get busy and order the extra parts one day so that I can do more than just piecing quilts and machine quilting. Although it is a dream. Mechanical machines are great for all the heavy duty sewing you need to do. And just think, when Jeeves does come home, you can have an embroidery project going, as well as sewing something else on the other machine at the same time! TIME SAVER!!!!!!!

RobinH said...

Yay for Bernie!

I have two mechanical sewing machines, both of them close to as old as I am. (Yard sales!) Plus a third one that came with a sewing table that I got on Freecycle, and I still need to take apart and clean. (If I can get that one working, it's going to a friend who had one of mine on loan for a year or so.)

Of course I don't sew as much as you do, (one reason I've never looked at anything more modern), but having a decent mechanical machine is great for the run-of-the-mill mending and occasional projects I do with them. And the heavier of the two machines stood up beautifully to that massive theatrical drape project I did a couple of years ago. Not complicated, but boy, going through multiple layers of heavy duty velour was no picnic!

carolyn said...

Make sure you post a picture, preferably with you modeling the dress! I love the pattern!!!

I can't believe you're getting jerked around this much on Jeeves -But, hello Bernie! Do a good job for Toni, okay?

Mandy said...

That is a lovely pattern you are making. I lok forward to seeing the finished dress.
Congratulations on getting Bernie. It is so wrong that the repairers are taking such a long time to let you know what is going on.
I do hope that you hear somethign about Jeeves, or better, still get him back in perfect working order, before too much longer.
I really could do with a second machine now that my daughters have got my other two...........

Daniele said...

Theo will have to see real evidence before he believes you! Nice machine, there!! Good for you. :D