Monday, March 12, 2012

King Size Mattresses & Sewing Machine Clunkers

There is nothing quite like waking up in your own bed. It makes you appreciate it even more when you only get to wake up in your own bed 2-9 days per month. The firm mattress, the luxury of space in a king size...I am having a hard time with the wall right next to "my side," but the THUD of me rolling over into the wall doesn't seem to disturb my husband's sleep anymore. What can I say? It's hard to be clumsy and, apparently, my sleeping self's muscle memory is harder to break than my waking self.

When I allow myself to think about it, I feel very unsettled this year. It's hard not to have a home with my family, to always be in someone else's space and, honestly, even once I'm in the cottage it will be "my" space, not really big enough to be "our" space - even if all of us were there at any given point in time. Folks at Monkey's school seem to think we're either secretly separated or secretly divorced, which is kind of amusing and kind of sad, all at once.

The big news of this rainy, dreary Monday in the City of Roses? My sewing machine, the trusty little Singer on which I learned how to machine sew (MUCH harder than learning to hand sew 20 years ago was!) is officially kaput. The needle alignment is off, resulting in skipping on the running stitch and 3 broken needles in the last week with a simple zig-zag stitch. It can be fixed - for about $120. The machine is two years old and cost about $80. Kind of a no-brainer, huh? My dear husband did have to get in one little "I told you so" - meaning that, two years ago, when I decided to augment my 20ish years of hand-sewing experience with teaching myself how to machine so, he suggested I get something more expensive/advanced/durable to start with. Yes, honey, you told me so. So sue me - I'm frugal!

This little number I have my eye on (Janome's Magnolia 7330) is a little under $400, but definitely has all the bells and whistles, as well as a 25 year warranty. Please ignore the so-ugly-they're-almost-cute '70s flowers on the body of the machine. I'd really love to know what you're using and any recommendations you have, especially those who have been machine sewing much longer than I have - help? Please?

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