Monday, November 15, 2010

I want what I want

I spoke to Jack today. It wasn't good news.

He had given my Singer to another repairman who does "specialist" repairs, but I told him to pull the plug and bring it back when he picks up the loaner. I didn't want to spend more than the machine was worth - and it only cost me about $190 new. Sorry. I like what I like, but I'm not letting sentimentality rule my checking account.

So, say hello to . . . Singer 7426, winging its way to me for less than the price of the original. I want what I want when I want it. No nearby stores had anything comparable pricewise, featurewise, and which was compatible with all the bobbins and presser feet that I already had, and the online stores that did have anything were all saying 7-10 days delivery.

I checked Sewvacdirect. They had my exact model, 7426, factory reconditioned, and it'll be here on Friday. I love them.

There are better machines out there. I know. I have one. It also needs repairs. But this particular Singer (or at least its predecessor) turned itself inside out for me. And I'm loyal, when it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg.

Since this machine is at least partly intended for quilters, it comes with an extra long extension table which comes in handy for more than quilting. It sews leather, with no attitude. It has lots of decorative stitches, which I hardly ever use. It does really good one-step buttonholes, three varieties. And it will again.

Rest in peace, Singer 7426, it was nice knowing you. You gave good service, and I can only hope your successor does likewise.


Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I think we as sewists bond with different models of sewing machines and if Singers work for you, as they obviously do since you have made some amazing pieces on them...I say be loyal and enjoy your new baby!

Me...I'm a Janome girl all the way!

Sheila said...

Congrats on your new baby.

Kitty Couture said...

Sorry about the old Singer, but this new one sounds and looks fabulous. Great choice it seems! Love the quilting extension table.
(For the very same reasons as you, and as Carolyn, I'm a Brother girl myself ;))

Elaray said...

The old Singer is dead. Long live the new Singer. I like your pragmatic attitude about the whole affair!

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. I felt this way about my Brother machine it was like old faithful. It was exciting to see what you picked,I replaced my machine last year with the one you chose. Great minds, and all that jazz, lol.

Cennetta said...

Oh, congratulations. I feel your joy, and your new baby will help you turn out more fabulous garments. You go girl! Sew up a storm.