It is hard to get used to a borrowed sewing machine, but I am finally moving along on the white peasant top. This time I am trying gathers instead of the pleats, and now I am putting a row of crochet trimming around the neckline. It is hard to get the crochet hook through the many layers of fabric so I use the awl to make a hole. It pushes its way through the cloth, hopefully without breaking any threads, and gives me a place to put the crochet hook for the foundation row.
I found another repair shop that fixes both sewing machines and vacuums, so I am trying it out with my old Kenmore, a real favorite of mine. Years ago I lost the foot pedal, so he is going to order another one for me, clean up the old machine and make it work for me again. All for about half the price of the other shop in the upscale town. I hope he is as good a repair guy as I think he is, because if so, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship that will be profitable for him and wonderful for my machines. If this works out, I will next take in Mrs. Pastor B’s machine. The thought of having my favorite machine back is making me very happy, and I hunted up the box with all the attachments and the manual. I guess I never gave up hope that I would find the foot pedal and never got rid of the machine and all the extra stuff.