A few months ago, during a conversation with Mr. Bill, my sewing machine repairman, I mentioned that I wanted to purchase another sewing machine but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Mr. Bill is the most wonderful, kind-spirited 70+ year man you’ll ever meet. He’s been repairing sewing machines for at least 50 years. I met him when I purchased my current machine 3 years ago which I bought for a whole $4.50 from the Salvation Army. It was only missing the plug and even came with a nice vinyl carrying case -SCORE! Mr. Bill, who I found online, attached the plug, gave it a thorough cleaning and threw in a whole box of attachments -all for $60 bucks! And a beautiful relationship was formed!
Anyway, back to the next pending purchase. Mr. Bill asked me what my price range was. Well, considering my first 2 machines (Singers) were bought at the Salvation Army for under $40.00, I figured I’d splurge and spend up to $30.00 for the next one. No problem he said. A few days later when I arrived to pick up the machine, my first reaction was “dang that’s old!”.
It’s a Montgomery Wards (or monkey wards as my mother used to call them!) brand. I didn’t even know how to thread it! Fortunately, my main machine was working fine so there was no need to use it. That is, until last week when the stitch length dial broke. With lots of apprehension and a lession on how to thread the relic from Mr. Bill, I gave the Monkey Wards machine a try. It took some getting used to but boy does it sew!
It has 27 stitch patterns. Side arms that swing out to expose the free arm. Compartments within the side arms for needle and bobbin storage and all metal parts which Mr. Bill says are better and last longer than the newer machines. And best of all- it comes with a generous and wonderful repairman who’s number is on speed dial! THANK YOU MR. BILL!