Last Monday Hubby had a doctor’s appointment in Lacrosse. He has a CPAP machine that he uses at night for sleeping. It’s been a miracle for him. He loves it and highly recommends it. Well each year he has an annual appointment with it to make sure things are going well. Originally I had an appointment the same day but then just last week they cancelled mine. Technically he didn’t need me to go with but he still gets a little sleepy in the car…enough to make me nervous. Also I thought it best for my foot. I’m doing good with childcare and the cast but it’s still challenging and I tire easily…anyway I kept it as a day off and rode along.
It worked out really well. I can drive but can’t get my scooter packed in the vehicle myself so I am reliant on the mercy of others to get me around. We stopped and did errands on the way home so that was nice for me.
…and what’s a stop to do errands without a trip to the thrift store…
This is what greeted me at the counter as I entered.
Looks like a sewing machine case to me…but what was inside??
This….a black 301 Singer. AH. It’s the machine I have been on the hunt for.
Oh my. I was about in shock. I never imagined I’d see one at the thrift store but there she was. I really wanted to grab her and run to the counter but then I saw this…
It’s not that it was a bad price. It’s more along the lines of, I haven’t worked for half of the month and childcare providers don’t get any paid time off or sick leave or PTO. We were fine with money but did I really need to spend the extra $100? ahhh.
Then I noticed this note. It was under the presser foot.
That made me a little nervous.
Well Hubby was doing errands at a different store so I made the decision to just leave the machine on the counter. I’d browse and see if anything else was appealing. There wasn’t much. I continued to mill around the store and contemplate $100 isn’t a bad price. Of course I was hoping for something cheaper but it wasn’t horrible. The store where I was buying it donates all their profit back into the community. It would kind of be like paying $50 for it and donating $50 to the store..right? That made the price seem better.
I still didn’t pick it up. I milled around the store some more.
Then I decided I’d tell Hubby about it and see what he thought. He didn’t come. Then I started to worry that someone else would grab the machine. No..if I’m suppose to have it, I reasoned, it would be there when Hubby came.
By then I think I had convinced myself I’d get it…I just needed the okay from Hubby. He doesn’t care how I spend money so I don’t know why I felt like I wanted his okay. I knew he wouldn’t care but in the back of my mind, just in case I couldn’t get that top tension to work, I didn’t want a “you should have known” vibe from him.
Finally. He came into the store. I showed him the machine. I explained that it’s the one I wanted and was looking for. I showed him the note and the price tag….He asked if I thought I could fix the tension. I said it likely is threaded wrong or needs a new needle. That’s typical with thrift store machines. He said get it if you want it.
That’s all I needed to hear. I bought it.
I was nervous on the ride home…could I fix it or did I just blow $100?
The answer is…I fixed it. Well actually it wasn’t broken. The top tension was set on 9 for gathering. I set it back to 3, adjusted the bottom tension a bit and there you have it. A perfectly sewing machine.
I’ve not sat down and pieced a lot with it yet…but what I have done, I love. The machine has power, is cute and just what I was looking for. I’m in love.
As I was playing with the machine I thought that’s it. I’m done buying machines….but who am I fooling? If I saw a white or tan Featherweight at a good price…If I saw a 301 in tan…hmmm. I’ll be tempted. I won’t pay too much for them though….ah…as I said, who am I kidding? Certainly not any of you right?
In my defense, I did leave another older Singer machine at the thrift store…I can’t remember what model it was but it was only $15. After I got this one running I kicked myself for not getting it too…like I said, who am I kidding??
Anyway…I am now the proud owner of a black 301. It has an awesome case. The manual, feet and a button hole attachment with it. Call me HAPPY!