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The Update (Buying a new machine)





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I thought Iíd buy a new machine, the sort that does the lot,


So went down to the local shop to see what they had got.



Iíd like a really modern one with those controls you press


So I could do heirloom sewing or embroider on a dress.



I took home several brochures, the sort that make you drool,


And they make it look so easy, but of course, I am no fool.



My choice was narrowed down to two, I worried through the night.


The John just said, ďItís easy Love, the brochure on the right.Ē



They sat me down and taught me the ďhowsĒ that make it sew


I just canít wait to get it home, I long to have a go.



I have a thick instructions book and video as well,


I wonder dare I touch it. Yes! Here hoes! What the hell!




Hooray! Iíve got it sewing straight. I touch zig-zag to try,


One of heaps of other stitches that tantalise my eye.




So now Iíll test its memory, I read up what to do.


I programme fourteen stitches, but it only stitches two.


Oh Hell! This is frustrating, Why wonít it do it right?


I scrabble through the ruddy book (and I thought I was bright)



Itís like the genie in the lamp for as the weeks go past,


I make it do the things I want, itís repertoire is vast.


You can do it on a T.Shirt, a shirt or evening gown


You can do it in a mirror, you can do it upside down.



Though I can choose twelve button-holes, canít sew a quilterís seam


And sewing tapered satin stitch is nothing but a dream.



Canít take it to a quilting class (to skite would be some fun)


I have to take the old machine, the new one weighs a ton.



Iím glad I kept old faithful for with him I learned a lot


Thereís lots of things that he can do, the newer one cannot.


I said as much to John tonight, these thoughts that fill my head.


Iíve a soft spot forold faithfull, He winked, Letís go to bed.


By Jenny Riley


Copyright Permission granted to Judie Bellingham to reproduce this poem


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