After reading some fearsome tales of sewing machine repairs, I decided to take some preventative measures. The Singer will only go on an extended vacation when I am on an extended vacation! After removing the plate without cracking it, I manage to exacate most of the dustballs with pins and tweezers. I was beginning to feel like a dental surgeon! Why am I using metal instruments on a plugged in machine? I figure having the extra light was worth the risk. Hopefully this will prolong the need for an unplanned trip to the shop.
Here is another custom order from one of my toughest clients ("Mommy, you have to lay her down gently after measuring. Don't just toss her!) -- a shawl and an Easter dress a baby Bratz. It would have been quick and easy, with this tutorial, if one the cardinal rules of sewing wasn't broken (right sides are always together).