It is not frozen here in Wisconsin, not yet anyway though winter is finally approaching us tomorrow. Today it is still spring-like and lovely. But, my poor old wonderful friend, my Bernina 1030, was frozen in place, no parts moving.
It was living in the spare room, and I only set it up to do serious quilt piecing, as I love it for that, the best I've ever used. I bought this machine in 1989 and it was my everything machine for at least 10 years, then designated for piecing/sewing only as I loved quilting on my new electronic Bernina with a better free motion foot.
It worked perfectly. I oiled where I could oil and used it a lot. It was serviced twice a year at my dealer.
Then after my last big quilt several years ago it sat in quiet isolation with a dust cover. I wasn't piecing much, and the little sewing I did I used my newer 730.
A few months ago I set it up and found I couldn't even lift the presser foot! It was frozen in place, everything was. I was shocked, worried, would it ever work again??
Yesterday I drove to my dealer, Bigsby's Sewing Center here in SE Wisconsin, and picked it up after it had a stay there in intensive care in the service department. I found out that even if you do not use a machine, it needs to be run occasionally, and serviced at least once a year to keep the inner parts working right, oiled, lubed, etc. Oil dries up inside the machine where you cannot reach it.
I set it up on the dining room table and Oliver was fascinated by it. The smells! The old style cords, no USB cable that he loves to chew through. He had never even SEEN this machine before!
Then I pulled the cord out of its little spot inside the machine (it's retractable, amazing) which was too much fun, and then plugged it in and turned it on. It sews! It sews beautifully. He thinks it is a big new toy, especially for him.
I left him still sniffing it, the wonderful aroma of foreign places (well, 20 miles away) and oil, and maybe even a whiff of their adorable new puppy, Bailey.
Now I am set to piece a new quilt, after I finish quilting this one. Soon I hope. And there's another one almost finished I should do first. THEN I will play with my dear old 1030. I still love the periwinkle blue they used on this machine, and it still sounds and works like a dream.
Meanwhile, I shall oil the fleet and run the other machines a little bit to keep things moving.
Hope 2012 keeps you moving and doing all the things you want to do.
Keep quilting, your work gets better every day!