Archive for May, 2018

I wasn’t expecting that

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, my sewing machine (an ELNA from the 1970s – very nice, durable machine) broke – the lower bobbin stopped turning, which meant that stitches were no longer being made. I found out where to take it for repairs (surprisingly close to my home) and they sent it off to the repair center. Repairs and refurbishing were going to cost a little under $200.

I have it back now, with no money out of pocket. The part that broke was a plastic gear, and that gear is no longer available. I haven’t decided what to do – I seldom have a real need to sew anything, but I do have some things that need sewing now, and a machine would be a lot easier than hand-stitching.

I don’t even know if the broken gear was returned with the machine. I think what I’ll do is try to find or make a replacement – there may be something available that’s close enough, or perhaps I can swing some time on a 3D printer, but in either case I’ll need to know what the dimensions, teeth, etc. are for the gear.

And if I can’t find or make a replacement gear, I’ll at least have a motor with a speed control foot pedal available.

Milestone achieved – next level unlocked!

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Back in February, I noted that Marion and I were working our way through Will and Ariel Durant’s ‘The Story of Civilization.’ Monday night, we finished the first volume (‘Our Oriental Heritage’). It was an interesting book, fascinating in parts. Neither of us found the section on India to be as interesting as the rest, although I think I enjoyed it more than Marion did.

Now, we get to move on to the second volume, which is all about Greece. We’re looking forward to it!

Yesterday was Star Wars Day

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

I could have posted about it then, but …