29 July 2008

Mr. Fixit

I got to spend the weekend doing something I enjoy, that's right taking things apart. Ashley's sewing machine was not working properly; it was bunching up stitches from the bobbin, and being all sorts of obnoxious. After reading the book for a possible cause (yes I read the manual sometimes), I figured that it hadn't been cleaned or lubricated since she got it, so it was about time.
After I got it all taken apart, with parts and pieces laying all over the table I jokingly said "I hope I can get all this put back together". Ashley didn't find this as amusing as I did.
I got it all back together without a whole lot of trouble, I even used all of the parts (I know it was amazing). So then it was time for testing. Operating the wheel manually the needle went up; it went down and then crunch! The super smart engineer that I am failed to realize that the bobbin wheel slot needed to be aligned to allow the needle to go up and down properly. So I got to not only take it all apart once, but twice, yeah! After some minor adjustment I got it all aligned properly and it seemed to be working. So it was on to testing. With the machine threaded and a spare piece of material at the ready it was time to sew. I'll admit I was a little nervous if it was actually going to work right. It was beautiful, nice even stitches, no problems. Yeah! I am so smart. Ashley was so happy that her sewing machine was working and it didn't have to get thrown out the window, and I got to tinker.

6 comments:

John said...

I'm impressed. I think the "hope I can get it together again" joke was pretty funny. I'm also pretty sure that I wouldn't have been able to get it back together and even if I did, I'm sure it wouldn't have worked.

Jess said...

Nice work Brent. I am very impressed right now! I have a few projects you can tinker with :)

Katie & Jared said...

Way to go Brent!!! I hate letting Jared take things apart and I really would have had a hard time letting him do it twice. Ashley is very trusting of your abilities.

Brent & Ashley said...

Well, I just figured if he didn't get it put back together, I could get the new sewing machine with 6 automatic button holes that I've been looking at. :)

Jenny Moore said...

Brent, Brent Brent!!!
You are a funny guy and I can just picture you taking apart the sewing machine with much delight!! Glad that all the pieces went back together and all was well!!!

Julie said...

Brent you are such an engineer! Love stories where everyone gets what they want and has a happy ending!