General Maintenance and proper technique are critical for optimum performance of your sewing machine and project outcome.

What I have come to appreciate...

It's far past the point of losing track of just how many sewing machines have crossed the workbench. Lets just say more than quite a few. And yes, fixing a mechanical device can be challenging, interesting and even rewarding, yet, what I've come to appreciate is the place these machines hold in many hearts. "This was my Grandmother's and she made her and my Mom's wedding dress on this machine". "My Great Aunt made all of our clothes on this machine", "I remember my Mother working away on this machine making quilts", "How long will this take? I don't know what I will do without my machine!".

You just don't hear things like this about other household appliances. I've wondered a few times, as a machine sits on the bench, the vacuum whirling about to remove all of the thread and fabric lint, what did this machine make? Was it a Wedding Dress, Baby Quilt, Doll Clothes, a table cover, or a favorite Halloween outfit? Sewing machines are special, they help create and what they create is very often memories.

PS - Yes it is true, Joan did preplan the locations of Christmas decorations, in July.