It's both a sad and happy day for me. Sad because my Mum's old machine, the Elna Contessa, is on its last legs and totally let me down when I needed her most (week leading up to a market stall - grrr). So after trying to find someone to service it in a hurry (no luck), I have finally conceded that I may as well put that $100 towards a new machine...and it arrived today!
But that's not the only happy news. I can't just throw Contessa away and selling her seems wrong. So the other happy news is I think I found someone to take Contessa and give her some more love than I have the patience for.
I happened upon a woman on Gumtree who put the callout to anyone wanting to donate machines to her as she is going to teach teenagers in her area (Canungra) how to sew and then give them the machine that they learnt on at the end of the course! What a brilliant idea! She doesn't have a blog or website and is just wanting to help out the teenagers in her area. I'm hoping she can get to Brisbane to pick up Contessa and get it serviced cheaply. I'd love to have a photo of her new owner and the things they have made with her.
If anyone has an old machine that they don't know what to do with and would like to also donate it to a worthy cause, you can drop me a line and I will give you the details.