My DH has all his electrical and technical tickets etc, which is very handy for so many reasons. We never have to call electricians in ... and he can fix almost anything ... as long as I make an appointment :-)
Last night he restored my dear little Singer Featherweight to good health - she had disgraced herself back in early November when she decided to set a capacitor afire. After a quick chat to Otto yesterday, he assured me that the machine doesn't even need the capacitor, and all is in order again. I have my backup machine at the ready. She won't do any machine quilting, but for piecing, I'm sorted.
And my Bernie has her second health spa appointment tomorrow, but Marty wanted to give her the once over, and the benefit of his professional opinion *s*. He showed me where the bearing is worn, and concluded that I do indeed need a new motor, I've just worn the thing out. I'm going to order the new motor, because when I do get the new machine, I'll still keep this one. The 820 is huge, and will not be portable - no travelling to classes or the store for that baby. It's a less than $200 expense, and I think worth it - and when I consider how much work my machine does, it's quite remarkable that it hasn't happened earlier.
There hasn't been much sewing going on here lately, and it's kind of making me edgy. I am behind on my deadlines by three quilts, and even though they're pretty much self imposed deadlines, it means that all other obligations become just that bit harder to fulfill. I'll keep pushing on though, and tonight I'll see if I can pin some quilts ready for when I can get busy again ...
I'll check back in soon :-)