|The aim - bunting decos for our wedding (photo source)|
At Christmas my Mum gave me her old sewing machine (a Pinnock, late 1970's vintage, she was a dressmaker while home with us kids), as she had replaced hers, and as they were moving home from Qld to Vic, they stopped with us mid trip home, and lightened their load by giving me the sewing machine.
|Pinnock Sewing Machine, similar to the one I've been given|
On Saturday I headed to Spotlight, after much perusing of some gorgeous fabric I thought I'd be sensible and just buy some calico to start with to make sure I could still sew, and not ruin expensive fabric. I could also dye the calico different greens if it worked out, and use that swapped in with different pattern fabric.
Armed with 5 metres of Calico, on Monday I set up the machine, and kit of threads, scissors, unpickers, etc on the dining table. I got the machine all threaded up no problem, switched it on, and the light works yay, I put the first strip of test calico in place ready to go, press down on the pedal and the motor starts whirring, but no action.
Uhoh, I try again, no luck, I wind in and out the tension thingo on the end, no luck. So I call Mum, and wouldn't you know it, she actually replaced the machine with a new one 10 years ago, and this one hasn't been used since! Excellent!
So now I have to either put it in for a service, and given it's age it could be pricey, or look at buying a new/used machine.
Extremely frustrating as I had set the day aside for my DIY project, and really fallen for the idea of using bunting as decorations for the hall.
So my DIY project is on hold, until I can get this old girl working or replace her with a newbie! Frustration factor of 10+++!