This is Big Brother:

I got him 2 3/4 years ago to replace Baby Brother as my main machine.  Now Baby Brother sews fine for piecing quilts, but (and don’t tell him I told you this) he chokes a bit on the quilting, and as for digesting big bags, well, let’s just say he has some reflux issues.  Big Brother on the other hand is a dream to sew on for big things, having an *ahem* deep throat…

Anywho, I’ve been thinking for about a year and a half that I should probably get Big Brother serviced, you know, following on that annual car service logic, but I never quite got to it, I *needed* him for things and just couldn’t get my act together well enough in advance when I was heading away on holiday to send him off for his own personal spa.  Finally, I planned well enough in advance that the day before I jetted off for Market I left him with my gran for the courier to collect him and take him to be serviced the next day.

2 days after I got back we were reunited, but not until I’d had a rather, well, amusing conversation with the man behind the service:

“So we had to fix a few wee things, but she’s a really good machine you know.”

“Yes, he is,” and also clearly having a gender identity crisis.  Poor guy.

“How often do you use her?”

“Umm, daily.”

“Oh, well you know she really ought to be serviced every 100 hours of sewing.”

100 hours.  Right.  I managed not to laugh at him down the phone.  I’d be bankrupt if I was paying for services that often (in a year it would cost considerably more than the machine, I calculated).

“Uh huh.” I said, somewhat non-committally.

“And you should change the needle every 10 hours.”

“Well I change it after every project,” I offered, feebly, and got a gold star for that at least.

He went on to tell me about the bit of thread he’d removed from the upper section (where you can’t get to without surgery), and a couple of bits they reset, but otherwise, all was very good, considering I’d apparently driven poor Big Bro into the ground.

Anyway, it begs the question, how often do you get your machine serviced?

P.S. Baby Brother has never had a service.  Shhh, don’t tell the man!