Last week a mini-catastrophe befell me. Or rather, it befell my lovely sewing machine. And I have a horrible feeling that it might turn out to be rather expensive…
I’d been having problems with my foot pedal for a while. Sometimes it wouldn’t stop sewing when I lifted my foot up, sometimes it wouldn’t start sewing when I pressed it down. But as it would invariably work on the second attempt, I just thought this was down to me, and all the problems I have with my feet. Maybe I wasn’t pressing down hard enough on the pedal to get started, or maybe my foot wasn’t lifted up enough to stop sewing. In any case, it still worked.
Then, last week, it kind of stopped working. And then worked only intermittently. Oh dear 😦
Upon closer investigation, I discovered this…
Of course, given Mr Boy’s penchant for gnawing everything in sight, and Mimi Bubba’s habit of hiding herself away in the bottom of my sewing cabinet, I immediately suspected dastardly feline involvement and called them lots of Very Bad Names Indeed. However, expert opinion (RR) now has it that it was Actually My Fault and that the problem with the wire was caused by me Shutting It In The Sewing Cabinet Door… Hmmm, I remain to be convinced, but in any case by the time I had unplugged it, examined it closely, cursed out the kitties and plugged it in again, it had stopped working entirely.
Fortunately, my machine also has a start/stop button, so I can still sew at a pinch, but it’s not ideal, and it’s absolutely no good for free motion quilting. And I do have rather a lot of quilt tops to finish…
So I went online to search for a new footpedal. And discovered that Janome are about to release a brand new machine, the Memory Craft 15000. Now, I truly love my machine. She has always done everything I ever asked of her, and more besides. Until last week, I’d never once thought about replacing her. But OMG the spec of the new one!!! Bigger! Faster! Shinier! Oh my!!!! And you can control it remotely from an iPad! And if the kitties hadn’t munched their way through my foot pedal cable (yes, I’m still blaming them…), I would never have known about it!
Of course, there’s no information anywhere about pricing (it’s not released until next week) – but you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t come cheap… And it is, of course, a given that if I ever get to try it out I will Absolutely 100% Need One, and that to even be in with a shot at affording one I will have to sell or part exchange my current machine.
Which brings me to my little problem. We live in Switzerland (220V). My current machine (a beautiful Janome 11000SE) was bought when we lived in America (110V). Now, I don’t have a problem with running her off a little transformer, but I’m guessing that some people might, so I may well have a problem trading up for a zoomy new machine….
So here’s my dilemna – do I dare go in to look at one of the new 15000s, in the hope that I either win the lottery, or can find a (European) dealer who is happy to part-exchange against my wonderful (American) 11000? Or should I just resign myself to daydreaming about what might have been???
I think we all know the answer to that one 🙂
Mr. Boy and Mimi Bubba – you may well have a lot to answer for….