Oh dear, this could be expensive….

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 ūüė¶

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!

Janome 15000

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 ūüôā

Mr. Boy and Mimi Bubba – you may well have a lot to answer for….

7 responses

  1. A true dilemma indeed! Obviously you will have to travel to the US to sell your previous machine, and thereby save lots of shipping because you’ll buy some extra fabric to bring back instead in your now-empty suitcase. Then, being suddenly machine-less, you will start knawing on all the cables of Mr R’s toys, at which point it will become apparent to you both that you need a nice new toy of your own because, well, you deserve it and it will make you happy. But, meanwhile, what on earth are you going to sew on next weekend?

    1. Tr√®s bonne id√©e! Let’s hope RR doesn’t see this ūüôā
      Until then, I shall muddle through with the stop/start button…

  2. I think you should start talking to European dealers BEFORE you try one out. Who knows, you might find someone willing to trade for you. That way you at least know your options before you make a decision. To answer your question about the bird fabric on my blog, it is called “Lush” and is by Moda. It is all paint by numbers-esque. Ps, you are a “No Reply Blogger.”

    1. Thanks, I think I’ll try and track some of the Moda down, it’s truly beautiful!
      And I don’t know how to get around the “No Reply Blogger” thing – apparently it’s because I use WordPress? ūüė¶ Still trying, though…

  3. […] after last week’s quilting frenzy, and with my sewing activities now somewhat curtailed by my non-working foot pedal, as well as a romantic weekend away in Prague, I have very little to report for WIP Wednesday this […]

  4. […] you all know, I’ve been having issues with my sewing machine ever since Mr Boy and Mimi Bubba decided to chew their way¬†through my foot pedal cable. I can still […]

  5. […] the quilting, I wanted initially to do something quite elaborate, but my lack of a working foot pedal meant I had to use my walking foot and the stop/start button rather than going free-motion crazy. […]

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