Tuesday, June 11, 2013

RIP KiKi....


I have not been sewing. I was in the middle of making a new patriotic dress (a dress to be worn on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor day and any other day where I need to rep the USA) and my baby of 30 years slowly just gave up the ghost and died. She died doing what she loved.

I got KiKi, my Kenmore Ultrastitch in 1984. My mother bought it for me for my 8th grade graduation. It's the only machine I have ever owned. Everything I have ever made came through that machine. I'm not sure I can sew on another machine. I tried to have her fixed but the repair man said he didn't have parts for her. Sniff..... Pour some liquor out.

We know this isn't the end of me sewing. I will have to get another. Unbeknownst to me the God was planning to buy me a ridiculously expensive machine that does more than I know how to do for my Born day. But... my Born day is in November and he has only saved $200 towards that machine that costs $1000.

I have been doing the Knowledge to differnet types of machines and I think I want this one....
She makes 600 stitches. It has everything KiKi had and more. It does some embroidery, but it isn't an embroidery machine. The reviews are way better than the other machine the God was going to buy. I'm excited. But I don't have the $$$ to buy right now. It costs more than $200. You see... I live close to my paycheck. All my mad $$ comes from my side gig which includes sewing that I can't do because I don't have a machine! I am a notary and have considered raising my fees to $20... Think someone will pay that? LOL!!!! I'm not waiting until November.

My mother said she would give me some $ for a new machine, and said I need to get another machine like KiKi. Mommie said if my next machine lasts another 30 years, chances are I won't be sewing when I'm 72. LOL! But I don't like taking money from other people and that includes my parents. I'm grown. I behave that way. I need to find a spare machine from somewhere. I have been to thrift stores. Those machines don't work and/or they don't have all the pieces. I have been to Craigslist and yard sales but folks want to sell their used stuff like it was new. I am in a bit of a conundrum.

But I have learned valuable lessons from this experience (otherwise why have them)... I have often wondered why people have several machines. I figured they didn't get the one they wanted. I only have 1 car. Why do you need a bunch? But now I see you need a spare in case something goes wrong with one, you're not out of business... like I am. I think I will get a dedicated embroidery machine next. And I'm on the fence about wanting/needing a serger. They so don't look user friendly.

Anyway. Just wanted to let you know why I went ghost.



Lynn said...

Sorry to hear about your machine. I felt the same way with my rusty Nissan after the timing chain broke. I was done pouring money into and finally sold it for scrap.

There's a Kenmore in the classifieds on Pattern Review. I'm not affiliated with the seller, but I am a member of the sewing website. I saw the posting yesterday and thought I'd share it with you.

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

Girl! That PR machine is $250 used!!!!! I just need another $90 for a new Singer!!!!

Sew Savory said...

There's an old guy at Conyers Sewing Center that worked wonders with my mom's old Singer. He seems to have tons of old parts. He might be able to help you. All the best. K

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...


Number please!

Sew Savory said...

I am so sorry it too me soooo long to get back to you! Here's the info:

Conyers Sewing Center
870 N Main St NW Conyers, GA 30012
(770) 483-0894

I hope this helps.

Reggie said...

Clearly that was one helluva sewing machince!!!

RIP Kiki!!!