I have a Kenmore sewing machine. It was made by Janome for the Kenmore Sears brand. I think it’s pretty decent for my purposes right now, though I’d certainly like to upgrade to one of those wide-throated machines one day.
My poor machine broke down on me a few weeks ago while I was finishing the Tropical Garden quilt. It was a sad day. It kept beeping and stopping, beeping and stopping. At first this just happened every few minutes, especially when I increased speed. Soon, it was happening almost continuously, to the point where I could not continue.
Luckily I bought the extra warranty from Sears, so I took it into the Sears repair center with no questions asked. They told me they’d send it up to their Sacramento repair technicians and then ship it back, and I could pick it up in 10 days. Well, that was nearly a month ago and I miss my little purring machine.
At one point a Sears repairman phoned me and we had a cordial, lengthy conversation about the machine and its starting-stopping problem. He did not seem to know what was wrong. I told him about what I’d read online: that the foot pedal can gather dust and start malfunctioning, causing this kind of issue. He said he’d order a new foot pedal and test it out. I still haven’t had another call.
I am beginning to wonder what’s going on. I feel my projects calling out to me: Finish me! That rainbow quilt just needs a binding! I’ll be back from my trip very soon and just hope I can head on over to Sears and pick up my machine the next day. Fingers crossed, my machine had a nice vacation in Sacramento and will return rested and ready to go.