I bought my first sewing machine in 1997. I remember calling my mom and asking her what features I should look for in a machine. She told me to cover the basics and then make sure it also made nice buttonholes and had a blind hem stitch. At the time, I didn’t even know what a blind hem stitch was, but I trusted my mother’s advice completely and off I went.
You know where I wound up, right? At Saftler’s with Lois. She pointed me right to the Viking’s. Whooo boy, they had all those features my mother mentioned and then some. And a big fat price tag, too. And that’s when Lois said the magic words. “You know that Viking is made by Husqvarna, right? The chain saw people.” And she smiled knowingly.
You see, before Lois became my best friend, she was Dale’s best friend. And she knew that nothing would sell Dale on a hefty-price-tagged sewing machine like the knowledge that it was made by his favorite Swedish chain saw company. Off I went, home to convince Dale that $600 for a sewing machine that I didn’t have the faintest clue how to use was a perfectly reasonable expense.
You all know Dale pretty well by now so you know that of course I wound up buying that sewing machine. And then 10 months later I turned it in for a fancier model. And then 10 months later I did it again. You see, Saftler’s has a a wonderful trade in policy. If you trade in your machine in less than 12 months after you purchased it, they give you 100% of your purchase price towards your next machine. Sweet.
So, it took me 3 trades but I finally wound up with the Lily, my dream machine. She and I have been together for several years now and I wouldn’t trade her for anything.
V is for Viking. A wonderful sewing machine. Made by the chain saw people.
V is also for Vote. Today’s the day. So go out there and vote. It matters.