To A Sewing Machine


Image from the Elna Lotus instruction manual via


My mom’s sewing machine is brown and cream and much older than I am.  It is heavy and solid and has seen some things.  This sewing machine doesn’t mess around. It has panels that fold up and click into place to protect the delicate sewing bits inside. There is a secret compartment on top lined with fuzzy stuff for seam rippers, bobbins, and the like. (The best things always have secret compartments.) I learned to sew on this machine roughly 19 years ago. It’s not made of plastic and it doesn’t jam up with tangled bobbin thread for no reason. I miss this sewing machine.  So really, I’m just writing to say, “Hey, sewing machine. How’s it going?”


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