As you saw yesterday, I am finally back in the business of denim sewing again. It was not without a very long wait. I just cannot believe the ill luck I am having with sewing machine dealers. For those that don't know I use a brand new Janome for my main machine, but getting it was not without it's fiasco's.
My 'Denim Machine' is Singer I bought about 3 years ago but is as plain as can be. It is supposed to be professional grade...and will chomp through anything. Well...it will chomp nicely. (We call it TRex). But it isn't all that great in quality. I cannot even use a walking foot on it because the part that holds in the needle--that you also hook the walking foot over--is plastic and breaks when you use a walking foot.
So, TRex is reserved for denim. I had to send it in for service as it was slipping and skipping and the timing was off. It was gone--are you ready for this--4 months!! Every time I called 'they hadn't gotten to it yet'. Now, let me show you the condition in which it came home:
This is dust on it with fingerprints. It gets worse...
Right in the middle of the photo you will see a groove in the machine with a largish black speck.
That would be cigarette ashes.
See the black grime all around that wheel? That was not there before. I have no clue what it is. It is hardened and had to be scraped off.
The thread guide is missing.
When I called the store back to complain about all the dirt, the owner said, 'Ma'am, that isn't my problem. I just fix the machine and my other employs are supposed to clean it before they call you.'
I asked what he fixed on the machine. He replied, "Nothing, I just cleaned it. And you really must use it because I had to really clean the inside of that machine. There was lent everywhere."
Me: "So, you didn't fix the timing..then what took four months?"
Him: "I am just a busy person".
Me: "Where is the thread guide?"
Him: "It got lost from sitting around here so long. I will replace it for free next time you bring in the machine"
We went on to have a heated discussion that my machine would never come back, and that had I been the one picking it up instead of my daughter then it would have been cleaned first and so on and so forth.
(This non cleaning, non fixing cleaning cost us $80.00)
Then I got to cleaning.
I had some good help this time!
I actually prefer to use my denim machine for Foundation Paper piecing too.
I always forget to reset the thread length size on the electronic machine.
No need of that with this one.
Speaking of Foundation Paper Piecing, I completely forgot to put yesterdays photo up.
I am so sorry Linda!!
So here is yesterday's and today's:
Total Pieces so far: 82