It still works. When I got it all I had to do was clean it and then oil it and then buy a new bobbin for it. Well I can hear you sniggering now... you'll never get a new bobbin for a 120 odd year old sewing machine. Well you'd be wrong.
|My hand machine from 1914 - different make but again I can still find spares for it.|
Basically the design of the machine has not changed and most modern parts and accessories can be fitted onto my old machine. Now of course a lot of modern machines are computer driven these days but I am talking about the mechanical bits of the machine. They have changed very very little.
|Two blind hem feet, one old, one new, they both fit either the old or the new machine!|
|Two blind hem attachments one is 128 years old|
This is my Dyson vacuum cleaner.
I bought it because I believed that my very clever engineering husband would be able to replace any parts that failed over the years, therefore giving me value for money almost on a scale to match my sewing machine. For the past ten years or so (actually I can't remember when we bought it, at least ten years ago) this has worked fine. A few minor things have been purchased from Dyson and the machine has been repaired and has proved a really good workhorse and I no longer cringe at the thought of how much money it originally cost us - it was expensive and we did not have very much money at the time.
BUT! Now it seems that Dyson no longer sell the parts for our vacuum cleaner. We can buy equivalent Dyson parts but they are not guaranteed as to quality and Dyson do not recommend any of them. Instead Dyson suggest that we trade in our old machine and buy a new one. This isn't an option for us... we live in Spain. They do have Dyson in Spain but we cannot see anything on the Spanish website about trading in your old machine.
I am soooo disappointed in Dyson. We have just spent £30 on a new motor that we hope will be as good quality as the original but of course we can't be sure. We are loathe to purchase a new vacuum cleaner at £300 + and we do not want the old one to go to Landfill. Have Dyson embraced the throw away society in the search for profit?
For us the vacuum cleaner is a once every now and again cleaning tool because we have tiles throughout the house and mostly we are fine with a broom and dustpan. And I expected (foolishly) to never need to buy another vacuum cleaner..... ever!
What is wrong with this society????? If something works why change it? The Dyson vacuum cleaner is a perfect design. It works really well. It does everything its supposed to do and I don't need to upgrade it just to change the colour or the look of it. We could happily continue to repair the machine as needed for another hundred years (given the availability of the parts) and it would still be an excellent vacuum cleaner that does the job it's supposed to do.... like my beloved sewing machine.
OK rant over... I best get the broom out now.