Well, I have decided that Grand's 1951 Singer will be in the closet no more. For $60 and a delightful conversation with Mr. Stan at the Singer retailer, she hums again! And you say $60 is a lot of money - you're right! But then I think... over the last 10 months alone, we have spent over $300 for simple alterations that I could have done at home! And since I am gearing up to de-bachelor the bachelor pad & revamp home... I feel that my $60 investment will quickly pay off. (Now, if only I can figure out how to use all of those fancy attachments like the zipper foot and the zig-zag attachment.)
You may suggest that I update and go with a more streamlined model. I will tell you just like Grand would, "They don't make them like they used to." All of the parts in my machine are metal and can be replaced. The new machines have plastic internal parts... and once one breaks, they become very difficult to replace and repair. (And I learned that from Mr. Stan who has sold and repaired Singers for his entire life and he's no spring chicken.) So if you don't do fancy machine embroidery or take your machine everywhere, I'd say stick with the classics.
After I brought my machine home Saturday and Trey hauled it upstairs, I wanted to test it out. After digging through the storage tubs, I knew what I was going to make. Below is the simple tote big enough for gym shoes and a running outfit. Or it could happily house the cross-stitch project I have been working on for what seems like forever! Admittedly, the handles were a major headache.
Maybe you don't have something like my Singer, but maybe something like a musical instrument, a piece of a china, or a photo that could be displayed someone as a conversation piece. (My paternal grandmother collected salt and pepper sets; she had hundreds of them.) Don't waste the good memories, you may only have them for so long.