Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday, I got offered a job!

     I have been having trouble with one of my sergers and I have had it in the car for two weeks.  So during hubbies surgery yesterday (he is fine) I took it to the only sewing machine place we have in town.  I had purchased the serger there about 6 years ago.  Salesman/owner tells me it is all bound up and he cannot even look at it for three weeks and doubts that it can be fixed as I have really abused it.  I do use my machines commercially so I lose my warranty immediately, but I also clean and service my own equipment so I rarely have problems.  But this is a big old problem.  I said can I do this myself?  He said well you do have to strip it down and oil anything that moves.  I purchased a $586.00 new serger because I do have to have this piece of equipment.  I have at least 12 pairs of pants to hem this morning.  Time is money and serger is time.

    I went a picked hubby up from hospital and he had a prescription that had to be picked up immediately.  One large pumpkin milkshake.  I looked at him, it was obviously the doctors writing.  He had a smile on his face.  He loves pumpkin milkshakes.  He asked me about the new serger.  I told him the story and he said well you are not out any thing if you can't fix it you can at least try.  I thought yes I am out $586.00.  So when we got home I started to strip it down, it had over 37 different sized screws, yikes!  I kept them in a magnetic dish.  It took over an hour to get all the plastic off and the computer boards detached.  Then I started to oil, it did not seem to do much.  Husband brought me a can of penetrating oil, so I sprayed that all over, still not much moving.  Hubby said put it back together and run it for a while. I could see that he had doubts about my ability to put this wreck back together.  But I did although I will admit I have one extra screw (always knew ....)  I plugged it in and ran it in about 30 seconds it unbound and runs like new!!!!   It took me three hours.  I called back the salesman and told him what I had done.  He offered me a job.  I mean he was serious.  He can only get three done a day and he has 5-7 machines come in a day.  But I did not take him up on his offer.  Alas I have enough to do.  Husband insists that I keep new serger, I am always cussing and re-threading the serger, this way I can save time, and when people come over to help with costumes I have extra machines, no one stands around waiting.  But I feel like a mechanical genius!

     I went to the studio last night and I had over $1200.00 in checks waiting for me.  We have taken in over 2/3's of our tuition and it is only the 3rd.  Almost all of these checks were from people who always and I mean always pay two or three weeks late!  It will be interesting to see what happens tonight.  This is working.  To be able to pay the bills and still not hound people.  Wonderful, wonderful.

     Well I messed around yesterday with husband (don't go there) and machines, and groceries so I did not sew much and now I am BEHIND.  I must get into the shop and get to work.  Bad Kim.  I am getting dressed and going to the bank and then hitting the machines.  Got to love to work, but love to pay off debt more.

     Remember the $300.00 I had spent on teaching clothes last week?  Well they came, I sent $200.00 back.  Just did not like the fit and if I am going to spend that much I am going to like it.  I actually bought a sweat suit at Old Navy for $35.00 I liked much better.  So I am happy about that. 

Out My Window:  Frosty, crunchy with blue skies.  Just gorgeous!

     I need to call in extra hours to boss, I keep forgetting.

Have a great and productive day!



  1. Soooo..just to sum you day up in a nutshell, you messed around with your husband, wound up with an extra screw(oh how I miss those days), and were well paid. LOL ok I kid..I kid..

    I take my sewing machine apart just to oil and clean it but it is very basic. I am uber impressed that you took a serger apart! But I agree with hubby keep the new one because time is money.


  2. What an adventurous day you had! (I wont go anywhere). Glad it all worked out in the end. I must say I want your husband's prescription too. That is really funny.

    Perhaps the title 'sewing machine repairwoman' is in your future?

  3. Well if any of your other jobs dry up, you have a skill you can call on. Some people are mechanically inclined and then some other people are ME!lol

    I love my machines tho I hardly ever sew anymore.

    Glad the hubby is doing well! 8-)

  4. You are a woman of many talents! And, very happy to hear that your husband is on the mend.

  5. What an interesting day! And good for you for turning down the job before you overextended yourself. I had to do something similar recently. It feels go to just say no sometimes, doesn't it?

  6. Glad to hear hubby is doing OK and I have never heard of pumpkin milkshakes before! do they just have mashed pumpkin in them?

    It's wonderful that people are paying up Kim, it just makes such a difference when you don't have to chase money.

  7. I'm sitting at my computer laughing at your story and Judy's comment ( and appreciating all the other comments). Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and laughter into my life!

  8. Look at you go! You gots you some mad skills! ;)

    Glad to hear that hubby is doing well. It's too funny that the doctor actually wrote him an Rx for the milkshake too! I've never had a pumpkin milkshake. Sounds interesting....

    Aren't you glad that you finally put your foot down and started charging a late fee at the studio?! What a burden that has been lifted with people actually paying you on time! So happy for you!

    That's great that you were able to return the clothes and find something that you like for so much cheaper.

    And you better have already called in those extra hours by now! ;)

  9. Your hubby recovers quickly, I must say! What else is in those pumpkin milkshakes?? Does it work for women too??
    You ARE a mechanical genius Kim - I would have done the same thing, I mean might as well give it a shot but I wouldn't bet on MY chances of getting the thing running. Way to go girl!

  10. Glad that hubby is a-ok. And I am dumb...I don't even know what a serger is???