Last week, I was finishing up a uniform for Brad and Kami that had to be shipped the next day. Only four buttonholes to go and it would be finished. That's when my dear old Necchi Supernova sewing machine started to go into a seizure. Oh gosh, I've had this machine for over 40 years. I bought it when I made my wedding gown and attendant's dresses. We've been together longer than Zip and I have been married!
There have been many others since. Uuuuuh, sewing machines, not MEN! LOL!!!
But it's still my favorite.
Since this machine has no zig-zag function, I still use the 'clacker' to maker buttonholes. The buttonholes are always the same size and perfect every time. I just love this machine! That is, if it's sewing properly.
When my machine is not working properly, I can go into a mental meltdown! Why does it always happen at the most inopportune time???
Zip knows not to say ANYTHING!!! Otherwise he is in danger of being snarled at and bitten! A mad dog is kinder than I am when my machine is taking a fit!
So I unplug it and drag it to the car and off we go to the one place that I can find peace and comfort. And expert help.
My local Bernina dealership and Mr. Earl Martin. THE BEST sewing machine repairman in the area.
Just entering the door makes me feel calmer.
The shop is bright, clean and very organized. Look at that wonderful selection of machines set up and ready for a demo run.
The machine in the foreground is an embroidery machine that can do beautiful large pieces. I love the official Bernina chair!
These lovely sewing cabinets are handcrafted by Mr. Martin's brother-in-law and can be custom ordered in several choices of wood. The machine in the background is a mini-verson of a long armed quilter that is used for demo.
Mr. Martin may be a Bernina dealer, but he has parts and accessories for many other brands of machines. His service and repair work includes all brands of sewing machines and sergers. He had just recently reconditioned a heavy-duty industrial machine for Brad and Kami.
Here is the thread selection, both regular sewing thread and a huge selection of machine embroidery thread.
There are needles available for practically any machine you can think of, scissors, pins, measuring devices, embroidery stabalizer and patterns.
But look at the repair area! Clean, neat, perfectly organized!!!
I took my machine in and right away he looked it over, and fixed the problem. That of course, doesn't always happen, Sometimes I have to leave it there for a few days. But service is usually pretty speedy and his prices are reasonable.
Now I can relax! My machine is in good hands! That's why Mr. Martin is my quiet hero!
His shop is located at 11 Fairview Road, Newville, PA which is between Newville and Newburg and just a short drive from Shippensburg. He's open 8 to 5 on Mon. and Wed., 8 to 7 on Tues. and Fri., 8 to 3 on Sat. and closed Thursday and Sunday. Phone 717 423-5533.
Lately the kitties have been thinking that not enough attention has been paid to them. Here they are!
So what's with the not enough attention??? Tipper is sitting right in front of the computer screen. Maybe I was typing and not petting? Such neglect!
I had been working on my rug, but very quickly it has been taken over as the best place to give kitty baths.
Mommy won't be knitting either! We'll make sure of that!!! In our house it is impolite to disturb kitties while they're sleeping.
Penny is trying for the innocent look. With a face like that how could she possibly be naughty?
Mom is not convinced, but Dad will believe her!
It's taken me an age to finish this post because this new picture loading device is a pain in the behind! Are any of the rest of you having difficulties with it??? Or is it just me?