For my 23th birthday my Granny gave me a sewing machine. Janome 18W. She wanted one that was a real solid workhorse that would not only go the distance sewing-wise, but solid enough to keep up with my, at that time, often quite transient lifestyle. And that’s what my sewing machine has been. That was 14 yrs ago. I made her an apron as a thankyou present, blue seersucker with lovely little flowers on it, which she used when washing up each day. Then I kept going and have sewn with it most days ever since.
My Granny died 6 months later.
Last night while sewing, a whirring sound suddenly started up in the motor area. I’ve had enough experience with sewing machines and overlockers to know it was the motor. I talked to the sewing machine mechanic today and yup, the motor is going.
Which is the death-knell. Especially in a 14 yr old machine.