Adieu chérie.


Dear Singer 237,

You dear old sod, you are so full of character. Nothing fancy, and reliable as the ticking clock. Together we’ve made my most cherished creations, and I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I smell your dusty machinery.

Found by the side of the road, a cast-off. Clogged with smoke and sweat, you were lovingly cleaned and mended by my family, and gifted to me. And what a gift. How many of your friends will mend holes in your socks?

You know I’ve never been bothered by your lack of fancy stitches, nor by your finicky bobbin winder or your gradually disintegrating belt. Give you a shiny new needle and you’d sew up a storm.

But lately, you’ve been sounding a little wheezy in the chest, and your foot-peddle crackles in the most disturbing way. And we both know I can’t drop your feed-dogs…

So yesterday, I folded you back under your table, wound up your cord, and replaced you with a newer model.

I know you are hurting at my slight. I am hurting too love, I miss your scent and mechanical noises, your strong metal exterior. But we both need to move on. You need rest. I need free-motion quilting.

Yours truly,


4 thoughts on “Adieu chérie.

  1. I just purchased a new machine, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like I’m betraying an old friend… My old machine wasn’t nearly the work horse that yours was, but it was a gift. I guess we’ll have to move along and bring out the old machine every once in a while for old times sake…

    1. I guess we will. I’m sure our old machines just want what’s best for us, haha. And it’s nice to have a back-up, just in case of last-minute sewing machine crisis.

  2. Oh I love your ode. I miss my old singer, I stupidly put her out front of my house in Brooklyn when I bought a new brother with all the bells and whistles. Some lucky dog snatched her up. I still pine. I am so happy yours is just under the table. Still near.

    1. Haha well I am glad someone has her, I’m sure you made them very happy. I’ve been thinking about giving mine to some classmate in need but I think it will be a while before I can bring myself to do that.


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