Blog on saving money and living on a budget in CT.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Old faithful broke yesterday
The rubber belt that drives the machine simply snapped. Darn-I had planned to do some sewing yesterday. Sigh. My former sewing and vacuum shop closed over a year ago, they are becoming more and more scarce. I asked around, no one knew of another. I searched on line, found one in the city north of here, they happen to be on vacation for another week. Since I had to drop DD off at work this morning, I seized the opportunity to pop in next door and ask the ladies in the knitting/quilting shop for some leads-glad that I did, as I discovered that the now on vacation place is a major rip off. Grrr . . BUT, she did refer me to a place in the city South of here. Worth a shop. I also tried on line to find this part, and came across one source for $3.99 plus shipping. I had to go to the city North of here and was going to be close to Jo-Ann's so I figured that I could try there, as this is a common part after all . .
Yup! as I suspected, these are in their "notions" section. $3.18 with tax out the door, and I quickly replaced the belt myself, saving a service call. I do still need to get my Kenmore Freecycled zigzag serviced as the tension is messed up, I have no idea when it was last serviced so it's a good thing to do. I also found a place in Westchester county, NY that does house calls in Fairfield county-worth looking into.