Friday, March 4, 2016

The Sewing Machine

Tanya had been talking about getting a sewing machine for years.  So today I put a gun to her head and made her buy one.  Told her I would pay and call it her Valentine's Day and International Woman's Day gift.

She has been worried that it would be too complicated for her but the two women at Comfy found her the Minerva Classic which has 12 functions only.  Tanya said her grandmother's only had one function and it did everything so 12 would suit her fine.

The price was very reasonable but across the aisle were cappuccino machines.  I said, "3000 Hrivna for a sewing machine and 30,000 Hrivna for a coffee maker?'

"Yes", Tanya said, "But one is for work, the other for pleasure".

There must be a lesson in there somewhere.  It is a great straight line.

13 comments:

  1. Women have a way of simplifying the most confusing observations. Young women don't have this sage understanding, but they grow into it as we men become dottering.
    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. This is my rifle; this is my gun. . . ?

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  2. Congratulations Tanya on joining the ranks of home sew-ers (thought I shouldn't write 'sewers' - maybe your husband will need to explain the difference!) I'm a longtime seamstress with lots of experience. Feel free to seek advice anytime.

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    1. Thanks, Chartreuse. She used to sew years back. Her sister, Luda, is a genius on the sewing machine. They will likely swap lies via Skype. It will be interesting. She already has a good project - five pairs of gym shorts for me. I wear them as pajamas and can't find them in the shops here. We bought material this past week.

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  3. Sewing is pleasure for me! The best sewing machine I own is about 50 years old. It's sewed everything from swather canvas to wedding gowns, and it's still going strong. I have a couple of newer ones with more bells and whistles, but I'd never part with my old Singer! I've taken it in for service once in 30 years... and when I did, the service guy told me if I ever wanted to sell it, he wanted to be first in line. Nope. Keeping it. They don't make 'em like that anymore. :-)

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    1. You didn't say that YOU had sewn swather canvas, but I give you full marks for even knowing about it. When I was writing this post I was thinking of my mom's old treadle Singer. It never sewed a wedding dress but sure sewed lots of swather canvas. I dared her to sew a stitch through one of the wooden rulers that used to come free with red strap jeans when I was young because I thought that machine could do it. I don't think she ever tried that.

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    2. LOL! Nope, I remember swather canvas being sewn, but I wasn't running the machine. I did use it to sew some heavy-duty upholstery for chairs, though.

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  4. I like to sew and would love to have an old Singer, we used them in the parachute loft back when I was in the Navy. But I bought a Brother at Walmart for about ninety bucks, I've had to fix it a few times when sewing thick materials but it has done okay for a cheap machine.

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    1. Tanya's machine was a hundred bucks USD. Minerva has a good name so I hope it does as well as your Brother.

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  5. I'm embarrassed to say I have a sewing machine and have probably used it 4 times since I bought it 6 years ago...sigh*..

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    1. You have to be set up or else it is just a horrible chore unless you absolutely love sewing. You need a sewing room or at least a large take-down table for lay outs.

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  6. "But one is for work, the other for pleasure". My mind immediately used that line for an off color joke. Fortunately it didn't ooze out of my mouth.

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    1. Me, too. It is a great straight line or punch line.

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