This is Suzie:

Suzie is a Singer Stylist Zig Zag 457, a model from 1968. She’s 11 years younger than Buela, the other sewing machine in my life at the moment.

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty since I picked up Suzie last night; like I’m cheating on Buela, who’s packed away in the corner of my bedroom.

Buela is a beautiful girl and runs like a charm, but she’s only got two speeds: full throttle and full stop. I don’t have the required 1337 sewing skillz to keep up with her; my stitches were WAY off if I tried to do anything too creative (like follow a pattern).

Suzie runs just as beautifully as Buela, and lets me drive in first gear, meaning I was able to sew nice curves and such. Suzie had me in a very good mood when I went to bed last night.

But then this morning I got up and planned to practice a bit more on Suzie before trying something closer to a Proper Sewing Project. And suddenly the feed dog stopped working. After much Googling I was feeling brave enough to undertake some investigative surgery on Suzie.

And then, I found the source of the problem (excuse the blurry  panicked  photo):

SHIT. Part of one of the gears (plastic ones!) that operate the feed dog has melted. While part of me is chuffed that I successfully diagnosed the issue ALL BY MYSELF (and Google) another part of me is feeling so so SO guilty.

I’ve probably caused the gear to melt. It’s not even MY sewing machine. I don’t deserve a sewing machine!

I’ve called a couple of places and spoke native Sewing Machine fluently enough for them to understand what I needed and how much it would cost to replace the gear. Just waiting for Suzie’s native owner to give the okay for me to go and take care of it.

This sucks :( I try to do the right thing and borrow other people’s property instead of buying something (cheapish) myself. I play the patient game, borrow two machines and now I’ve gone and broken one.

And so the waiting game continues…

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5 thoughts on “Meet Suzie the Sewing Lady (and see how I’ve royally screwed up)

  1. Nice work on figuring out the issue. Sucks that it’s gonna cost so much though :(
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    Posted on 15 January 2010 at 8:33 pm
  2. I noes :(

    Fingers crossed that it doesn’t take them too long when I get around to dropping it off…

    Posted on 16 January 2010 at 9:33 am
  3. At least you’ve still got Beula right? I could have borrowed an old sewing machine of my mum’s but I got a cheapish Brother instead. So far I can only figure out how to do a basic straight stitch without the fabric crumpling and looking like crap. So you’re already doing better than me. ;)
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    Posted on 16 January 2010 at 8:05 pm
  4. Wow, that’s actually very impressive, both that you managed to melt the gear and diagnose it! Hope it’s not too pricey to fix up!
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    Posted on 18 January 2010 at 7:51 am
  5. That is a hot sewing machine. And I love that you name them.

    Posted on 19 January 2010 at 2:59 pm