Thursday, April 18, 2013
Close to Nowhere
I have made an almost impossible decision! I am not going to Paducah to the quilt show this year!
I went for the first time in 2003. This would have been my 10th consecutive year.
I decided a month or so ago not to go and I really shocked myself. But, let me hasten to add, I have wonderful reasons! Two of them.
One is still in the box in my sewing room, and the other is finally, after nearly a week in its box, sitting on my sewing table.
I am the proud new owner of a Juki semi-industrial, sewing/quilting machine and a Baby Lock serger.
Having been on the verge of death for the past couple weeks due to an intestinal virus, when my new Juki arrived, it stayed in its box forever, it seemed like.
This past Saturday, I finally pushed the box into my sewing room and unloaded it. I’ve never owned a Juki before; they have always been industrial machines, made in China and have only recently been made and offered as home sewing machines.
Pop, who in his former life as the shop manager for a company in Memphis, Tenn., that used sewing machines, says you can’t get a better machine.
I’d only recently heard of them and last year saw some at the quilt show in Paducah. I was impressed.
I’ve had my Baby Lock for a long time now and I’ve been thinking for a while that I had worn it slap out. When it came time this year to think about taking it to be serviced, strange thoughts kept entering my head -- new sewing machine...
But the kind of machine I need is fairly expensive. I have often sewn every day; and some Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and even Sundays, I’ve sewn most of the day.
So, the decision was made. Take the money I’d saved for Paducah (I save all year for the quilt show, as there are literally hundreds of vendors, all selling stuff I have to have) and get a new sewing machine.
I found my Juki at a dealer that I know from Paducah and it was mine! And, it was on sale! I had a tiny bit of money left over, so I took my Baby Lock to my service guy in Memphis, along with my very old serger, and traded them in on a new Baby Lock serger.
It’s still sitting in its box. I managed to unpack and set up my Juki and I’ve even sewn on it some, but that’s about all I’m up to now.
The intestinal virus did not kill me, but it has zapped every molecue of energy I ever had.
I don’t think that by next week I would have been able to go to Paducah.
God works in mysterious ways...
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