Many years ago, I loaned a sewing machine to a relative. It came back, shall we say, non-operational. I took it into the repair shop and was advised the circuit board had been fried, probably by a power spike. The cost of repair – $400. Uh, no. I had another old machine in a cupboard somewhere and my grandmother’s half-ton treadle machine was under a pile of stuff in the basement somewhere. I’d love to give it away to a good home, but no one wants it, even with the original instructions and attachments. I dithered about whether to ask her to get the thing fixed, but decided the aggravation simply wasn’t worth it. Of course I bought a new machine – my dream…

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