I have a few sewing machines - until yesterday I had three. One Industrial machine and two Janome. One of my Janome machines was bought second hand and didn't come with a foot controller or a power lead. A new power lead was cheap enough to buy.
I have managed by swapping the foot controller to the machine that I was using at the time but a friend was coming to the house to do some sewing and I needed two machines. Off I trotted to the local repair shp, but there he didn't have the part. No problems, he would call Janome and find a price. Which he did. £54 plus carriage! For a foot controller!
How can companies justify that kind of price for something which is relatively simple. Faced with the choice of paying over £60 for one component, I opted to buy a second hand machine which cost just over half the price of the replacement part.
Meet machine number 4:
Admittedly not terribly pretty. But it does the job - straight stitch and zig zag stitch plus a few others.
And sitting on the machine is some vintage fabric that I just couldn't resist. Blossom barkcloth in a cheery yellow.
Not sure what it's destined for, but when has that ever stopped me bringing home more fabric?
And proof that I may have too much time on my hands
One titivated bulldog clip. It was just an excuse really to use my favourite word of the moment!