I sewed yesterday, and I used this!
Now I know some of my readers--this one, or this one, or maybe this one--are probably shrugging their shoulders and saying, "So what? I do that every day!"
But let me explain. I haven't used a sewing machine since I was a freshman in high school and took home economics. I had a really good teacher (she was married to my algebra teacher--also excellent), and she succeeded in guiding me through sewing a skirt and blouse that I actually wore for a while. But since then my sewing has consisted of the occasional hand-sewn repair, hem, or button.
A few years ago my daughter (who is much more creative than I) started sewing on her own, making clothing for her stuffed animals as well as assorted other items that she dreamed up. As I watched her working entirely by hand I decided to start looking around for a used sewing machine. I ultimately found what I thought was a great buy on Ebay (a Kenmore model complete with cabinet for $10) but upon trying to use it discovered some operational problems. So it sat, awaiting a more mechanically inclined person to come along and get it running. Eventually I sold it (again through Ebay) to someone who was better able to give it the TLC it so obviously needed.
Then a few months ago a dear friend offered me the machine above (in respect of her privacy I won't name her here but will let her "out" herself in the comments if she wants). I brought it home and as the rush of Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year ensued, it patiently awaited its first use. That day finally came yesterday! (Yes, I know you sewing types can't believe such a nice sewing machine could sit around unused for 3 months, but remember--I AM NOT A SEAMSTRESS.)
My heart beating, my fingers trembling, my aging eyes straining, I attempted a simple repair job on my falling apart three-compartment laundry bag. And lo and behold, I remembered how to thread the machine! And more amazing still, I sewed! If things continue going this smoothly, my living room windows may yet see some drapes this year!
But first a question to my sewing benefactor (you know who you are): how do you wind those bobbins again?