For the next hour, I was able to limp it along by just leaving the cover off and tightening the belt and disassembling and reassembling the stop motion knob every 2 minutes before it went down in blaze of glory screaming "nicht mehr, genug!"
Today I begged hubby to look at it and the diagnosis wasn't good. No, he isn't a sewing machine technician but he IS a mechanic by trade and this is a basic mechanical machine. Looks as if it's more than just a new belt needed, the clutch is hosed and quite possibly a broken motor mount. DONE. It will be 2 weeks before I can get a new machine, some tax refund funds have been earmarked for that, so in the meantime I had to put away my first quilt sadly. I can't believe my first project is a UFO!
With all the fun sucked out of the morning, I decided to get some things done before the little ones (seeds!) arrive. I cleaned out my "canning closet". It will be nice when the time comes to be able to find everything and have the boxes ready for storing since we've been using our canned stuff and as the jars get cleaned I've been just shoving them willy nilly back in there! I was able to separate the lids too so I know which have been used for actual canning and recycle them for just freezer use this season and know exactly where the "new" lids are.
I will not be starting seeds as early this year. Last year I had to start seeds in batches since I grow them for the Master Gardener Plant Sale as well and don't have that much room. I noticed through this process that the smaller ones started very late got planted alongside the tomatoes I had started the last week in January and not only did they catch up in growth in a week outside in the beds, they turned out to be healthier plants for me! Live and learn... and I just bought myself a couple extra weeks of time!
I guess without a sewing machine I'll just be straightening things out all week and waiting for that tax refund, LOL! I also have to replace all the closet doors in our rental unit and clean, our new tenant moves in soon. Hubby is working nights now, he never gets to see the kids but I'm finding I get more done in the evening now than usual! Thinking about putting the kids to bed and working on the blog a bit, I still haven't tallied up my harvest from last year for a total. Luckily I don't have any "big messes" to deal with right now, but lots of little random messes - if you visit the blog and it looks all wonky tonight, that means I got motivated to tackle it! First warm day in the garden watch out... now out there... that's a big mess!