I just did something that felt really good.
1. I serviced my sewing machine DIY style.
2. I collaborated with Solshine on the project.
I’ve always brought my machine to be professionally serviced. (For no other reason than that’s what I’d always seen people do.) I hadn’t done so since moving to Ithaca, so when I started to hear a small squeak I panicked and referred to my yellow pages. When I couldn’t find a service there, I implored amongst playgroups, on local listserves and finally, I called Sew Green.
Sew Green is this awesome, local and non-profit group that is dedicated to teaching people how to sew, refurbishing old machines and sewing with recycled fabrics. The answer I got from them was, “Do it yourself!”
Now I’m good at doing a lot of thing myself–like birthing babies, home projects, making kombucha, and growing vegetables and such. But I have never been one to take apart small machinery.
Sew Green encouraged me to buy some oil, find a small brush and follow the directions in my manual. Sensing my hesitation, they told me I could come down for some moral support, but at that point I decided to put on my big girl underpants and get the job done.
I called on my trusty, yet small, sidekick Solshine who promptly arrived with his tool bag, his inherent curiosity of how things work and his enthusiasm for taking things apart.
We got to work.
Sol unscrewed most of the screws and dusted of the machinery. I followed up with a second dusting and then oiled the points as shown in the simple, step-by-step instructions given in the manual.
Together we oooh’d and ahhh’d over the mechanics within the machine. We asked questions out loud. We turned the needle with the top open to see what happened between here and there. We found the motor and commented on how many pieces it takes to work that machine.
I’m really glad there was no one to do it for me. What at first seemed like a big pain turned into a rewarding and feel good experience. Now, when I push the pedal on the machine, not only does she whiz and hum, but I’m reminded to expand outside my comfort zone, to try new things and to reach towards a deeper sense of self-sufficiency.
I want my children to grow up feeling capable, approaching situations with curiosity and confidence and I know I need to model those very things if I wish to share those gifts with them. Working together with Solshine was fun and I love learning alongside him.