In addition to all the other things that happened the first weekend of June, I scored a sewing machine at a yard sale in Takoma Park. The machine is five years old, but unused: the cord was still secured with a twist-tie and little plastic cover on the plug, and the accessories were still sealed in a plastic bag. While Singer doesn’t make this model anymore, it appears to have been replaced with several in the $200 range; I bought mine for $70! I say this not to gloat, but because this is the kind of thing that never happens to me, the finding of something I’ve been waffling over getting because of the cost for a totally affordable price at a yard sale that I wasn’t even planning to visit (my partner saw the machine when he passed the sale to go to an appointment, and alerted me to it when I arrived to pick him up). I hope that the person who sold it to me is as happy to have the $70 as I am to have the machine!
Following this exciting development, I was able to return the loaner machine to my neighbor across the street (just in time for her grandchildren to insist on using it when they visit this summer). I now have all the quilt blocks squared up, and just need to cut the on-point triangles and then the top will be ready to be assembled. I have several ideas for the next quilts I want to make; first, however, I need to come up with a plan for the back and decide whether I want to try actually quilting it myself. Having a machine that I’m not concerned about breaking that comes with the necessary accessories goes a long way toward that option being an actual possibility.