This past weekend I met with some close friends that I had not seen in a while. They have followed my blog and asked about the outcome of my sewing machine saga. I guess I left a few people curious about what was happening.
Well, things went from bad to worse. I received my beautiful Laura Ashley Limited Edition Brother sewing machine and I was in sewing heaven!
I sewed for two entire weeks before the motor conked out. Once again I was without a sewing machine! I frantically called Brother only to be placed on hold and routed through several people before I found out I was speaking with the wrong department. By the time I was able to reach the correct department the office was closed. Needless to say this was a Friday afternoon. In complete desperation, I contacted an authorized dealer in a nearby town . They suggested I bring it into the shop for a look see.
Saturday morning Thommmee and I took another road trip with this new machine and made the 20 minute drive to the sewing machine center.
They listened to the burned out motor for just a few minutes before suggesting that I should get a refund if possible. Although I had read many excellent reviews on this machine, I must have received a lemon.
I had purchased my machine from Amazon so checked their return policy and yea…I could return it within a 30 day period.
I came home, printed a shipping label and impatiently waited for Monday morning so I could send it back. Now don’t get me wrong. It was an absolutely lovely machine with many wonderful features but back it must go. About that time I decided I would purchase locally (at Moore’s, the shop that had assisted me) so that if I had any further questions or problems I would be able to return it or have it repaired with less hassle. Another bonus is that they offer free sewing classes on my machine and the use of attachments which some have remained a mystery to me.
I knew that I would not feel right about spending more money until I got my refund. I was discouraged to think I would again be without a sewing machine for an extended period of time. Monday morning rolled around and I headed to UPS. They took it, handed me a receipt, and home I went home to sulk.
Surprise to me, within 2 hours I received a notification from Amazon that since my machine was in transit they would begin processing my refund! I was shocked (and thrilled). I had not idea that in this age of technology that simply a computerized tracking of my return could be handled so quickly. Where have I been???
Within 3 days our refund was complete. About a week after I received conformation that Amazon had received the machine and would begin processing my refund. Huh? I already had my refund! Oh well, either way I was happy, Thommmee was happy and I was now in the market for a new machine. As it would happen there was a craft and sewing fair being help at the nearby LA County Fairgrounds. Often the dealers and vendors have specials at these fairs so Thommmee and I headed over bright and early on the first day of the event.
We made a beeline to the Moore’s Sewing Machine Center booth and began looking at machines. It did not take me long to zero in on a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition (that was slightly over my budget).
Thommmee took a look at the machine, at me, and the nice machine and ….said we’ll take it!! He then asked them to hold the machine so we could wander around the fair. What a great morning! We shopped the vendors, I looked my little heart our, and even purchased a few items here and there. After a few hours we picked up the machine and headed home. I couldn’t wait to get started.
Well, I have had my head down just sewing along for the past few weeks…
…until last weekend when I looked up long enough to get together with my friends for our annual reunion.
(another story for another day)
I realized I have been so engrossed with my sewing I have not been dusting, cleaning, or blogging !!
If it sounds like I am a walking advertisement for some the products and services I received, I guess it is only fair to give credit where credit is due!
Lastly, let me say, I love my new machine. If you are in the market for a new sewing machine this is a great choice! I am very happy. Until next time…..back to sewing now!