May 30, 2010
Click click-itty click clack ... snap.
The loud noises and snapping thread are ominous. And perhaps inevitable. The poor sewing machine has never had a grease and oil change.
I try a new needle. Then a different bobbin. Finally I acquiesce and get the screwdriver.
Presser foot: off. Shank: off. Throat plate: off.
So far, so good.
Bobbin thingummy: out.
Wow ... look at all that felt. Oops, that's not felt. Out with the lint.
Better take a few more bits out - its looking ugly in there.
Two screws in the dogwhatsits unscrewed and out.
White whosywhatsit: out.
What's this screw for? Hmmm, its stuck. Can't go any further.
Give up. I have no idea what I am doing.
Better reassemble everything.
I'll just pop this screw ... arrrrggh.
How did I drop that?
Right inside the bowels of the machine.
So let's stop right there. What would you do at this point?
Would you pick up your machine and give it a jolly good shake, imagining this would magically dislodge the screw? Would you tip the machine upside down, hoping said screw would fall out?
You're right: what kind of imbecile would do that?
Perhaps the kind who would might go on to frantically undo screws that scream "warranty void if removed". Or who might attempt to jemmy open the side of their (computerised) sewing machine. Clearly the kind of imbecile who might think well, this is already going to be expensive, what have I possibly got to lose?
Now if you could excuse me, I must go and consult the Yellow Pages.