New Year - New ??

On my Christmas break, although mostly good, a horrible, horrible event happened.  ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!  My sewing machine broke.  :(  I spent hours and hours looking into to.  Cleaning it, re-threading it, changing the needles.  Finally I discovered a HUGE crack in the bobbin case.  

Gosh, no wonder it wasn't working right.  So, I had to spend the rest of the weekend without sewing.  I organized a bit, but it was truly depressing.  When the shops opened I went and promptly bought a new bobbin case.  Guess what?  Still wasn't working.  It was sewing for the most part, but it had an occasional hiccup and loop/knot on the back.  What was going on?  Finally, this last weekend I knew I had to take it to the shop.  The thing is, my machine was not a fancy one.  For the cost of the repairs, I could probably buy a new machine of the same kind.  I called ahead to make sure I went to the right shop.  The people at the shop (it was a Sew & Vac Save Stores) were so friendly and helpful.  That was so nice.  I can't tell you how scared I was that I would go in and get taken advantage of and spend unnecessary money.

He showed me new machines, explained their differences (including the prices) and answered all of my silly questions.  The truth is, I sew tons more than I ever expected when I bought that last machine.  It is what I do when I am not working.  That machine is going to be working hard, I might as well upgrade and get something that is meant for that kind of treatment, right?

I narrowed it down and finally decided on the Janome Skyline S5.  I knew it was the right choice for me.  It had a few extra bells and whistles that I knew I wouldn't use, but oh did it have some things I was longing for.  The thread scissors?  The extra throat room?  Pressure Foot pressure adjustment? Oh yes! 

It is so pretty on my sewing table.  Although, I really need to make a mat for it.  It doesn't scoot around on my table like the old one. I haven't had too much time to sew on it, just a couple of test pieces.  I did read most of the instructions though.  

They did take my broken one as a trade-in, but now I have a few accessories that no longer fit or I have doubles of them.  Any recommendations on what to do with these?  Like my Sew-Steady table is practically brand new (it fits a Janome DC1050 if anyone is in the market for one).  :)

I can't wait to try this bad boy out!  I should name him/her right?  I think it is a he for some reason, even though things like this are usually a she.   Do you have a name for your machine?  


  1. Can anyone with handyman skills alter your sew steady table to fit your new machine? Maybe it needs to be a bit wider and could it be cut with a skill saw? a hand saw? Down here any extension table is expensive. Love the look of the new machine, and that was the way to go!!! Enjoy .

  2. Have fun with your new toy! I name all my machines. Right now I have Pete, Lucy, Sparky and Wee Willie.

  3. Oh, man, on Christmas Day?? Glad to hear you were able to get a new machine. It's so pretty! I'm sure the two of you will make many beautiful things together :)

  4. Congrats on your new sewing machine. I am a Janome person all the way. I have 4 of them and love them all. I have not heard of the skyline but then I am not in the market for a new one-mostly I use my Janome 7700.

  5. How exciting, Jen! How fun is that going to be to get to know this new guy. I never thought of naming my machine but why not? :)

  6. I haven't named my new machine (I have a similar story but was the day before Christmas it broke) but I did name my iron Irene. hehe Shes about ready to go the way of the sewing machine. :( Maybe I will get a new iron for my birthday in April! If she lasts that long.

  7. Why do thing always break when we can't fix them immediately? Congrats on your new sewing buddy. Looks like she'll be lots of fun.

  8. Oh my goodness! I sure like your happy ending!!! I have a Kenmore...which, when pressed, I call...Ken, lol! You can probably guess what I would call yours! Super happy for you and a new machine!!


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