A few weeks ago it became clear that the time was near to say goodbye to my trusty Kenmore sewing machine. My mom and sister gave it to me for my bridal shower nearly 10 years ago, and it has seen me through almost 50 quilts and lots of other projects without a single service. Lately, it has gotten really loud and vibrated so much that the power cord kept falling out and the light no longer worked. The service places around here wanted $79+ to look at it, and I figured I'd rather put that money toward a new one.
So I started looking at new machines and got a little overwhelmed (although that Janome with the built-in walking foot was mighty tempting). I really don't need 120 decorative stitches, just a bit of a workhorse that can take some abuse. I figured a used machine might meet my needs (and my budget!).
I found this Husqvarna Viking Freesia 415 on Craig's List for a really good price. The seller told me he bought it for his 71-year-old mother who didn't like it from day 1 because it wasn't a Pfaff. :) She used it maybe six times, and he had it serviced before listing it for sale. I met him in the airport parking lot this morning to make the exchange. (Wow, that sounds sketchy when I write it out.) I've only had a few minutes to check it out, but it seems good so far! Definitely quieter than the old Kenmore. I think we'll have some "getting to know you" time this weekend.