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New Sewing Machine?

April 18th, 2008 at 09:40 am

So, I know I've been horrible at this blogging thing. I have so much to say, but I don't know how to get it OUT of my head. I read the blogs daily and every day I tell myself "I'll just jump right in and do it!" But I don't. I don't have any frugal minded people in my life (hubby is learning!!!) so no one understands me. So today I really am going to just "jump right in" and type up a blog almost as if I had never stopped.

I'm very much involved in my mother's finances now and have her on a budget. We're not quite to the point where she always listens to me though. This is very much a work in progress and things are much improved over what they used to be!

I checked my email earlier only to find an email from my aunt sent from my mom's email. My aunt moved away recently and is home visiting relatives for a week. My mom is at work so my aunt is helping her finish some sewing projects she does for extra $$. I guess my mom had left notes explaining all the things that don't work on her 30+ year old sewing machine. HUH? She's never mentioned to me that her sewing machine isn't working right! My mother is trying so hard to take in these jobs for the extra money she could really use. Plus she loves to sew! How is she supposed to do this if her sewing machine isn't function properly?

What kills me is that she bought me a brand new sewing machine for Christmas. She was so proud of buying this for me! I already had an older sewing machine that works fine. I don't even sew!

So I have two choices here: 1) Try to give my mom back the one she just gave me or 2) Chip in with my aunt to buy her a new sewing machine. I don't even know anything about sewing machines. What brands are good? What features do you look for? I wouldn't even know where to begin.

We are going out with my husband's coworkers after work tonight. I don't plan on spending much. We might actually run to BK for a cheap meal and just have a couple drinks with the coworkers. I just don't like spending money on things like this!! Smile

5 Responses to “New Sewing Machine?”

  1. sagegirl Says:

    I would lean towards finding a way to give you Mom the sewing machine she gave you. maybe use the excuse that you just don't have the time to use it right now and would she like to "borrow" it (indefinitely) while Aunt is there to help her with the sewing. That way she could have two machines to do her work on. Then just forget to get it back. If she doesn't want to take your newer machine, offer her the older one just "as a back-up" for her older machine. BTW, the inexpensive meal before drinks is a great idea. Smile Good luck with Mom

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Thanks for the advice! I forgot to mention that my aunt is only there for a few days and I'm 150 miles away. I wish it was just as easy as letting them borrow one of mine for a "few days". I do like your idea of letting my mom "borrow" the new machine though! I'll have to give that some thought. Smile

  3. Petunia Says:

    If it's possible, you might want to consider a third option - getting your mom's old machine fixed. She might just love the way it sews. After you've had a machine for a long time you know all its quirks. I have an early 60's Singer (same vintage as me - LOL) which I bought used in the mid-80's and I still love it and can't think of any reason to give it up.

  4. dmontngrey Says:

    Thank you for the third option. According to my aunt, this isn't a good option. These old Singers are supposedly obsolete and parts aren't available anymore. At least that's what she told me. There's also nowhere in that area to get a machine fixed and she would most likely be told to just get a new one. My aunt also said even simple new machines have more options than this older one. It's a mid to late 60s Singer.

  5. Petunia Says:

    Hmm. . . sorry to hear that the options for getting the machine fixed are limited. As far as parts, etc - it really depends on what the problems with the machine are. Good luck with what ever you choose to do!

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