My Annoying Brother

Posted by on May 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm :: 6 Comments

I’ve been sewing on a Brother XR-52 machine for about six years now. Over the last few years my Brother has become increasingly ill-behaved. First, its tension control dial stopped working correctly and constant fiddling became necessary to produce even remotely normal stitches. I thought maybe a tune-up would help- it didn’t. And then about six months ago the machine became completely incorrigible. It started doing all sorts of random bizarre stitches. Being the perfectionist that I am, I couldn’t handle the thought of something I spent hours meticulously sewing falling to pieces because of my Brother’s inadequacy.

This little blanket was the straw that broke the camel's back. After sewing it I decided I couldn't stand to make one other thing using my Brother.

This little blanket was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After sewing it I decided that I couldn’t stand making one more thing using my obnoxious Brother.

After my most recent sewing project, a baby blanket, took much longer to complete than it should have, thanks to my naughty Brother, I decided that that was it. I needed a new sewing machine and I needed it NOW! Jason caught my hints, well more like demands, and bought me a new sewing machine for our anniversary. My new machine, a Singer Confidence 7470, is lovely. It has an electronic display, memory capabilities, 225 built-in stitches, 7 one-step buttonholes, and one-touch stitch selection. But far more important than any of these other niceties, it has automatic tension control. Yes! No more continual tension adjustments; my happiness is now complete! If only all defective brothers were as easy to replace.

My sweet new Singer

My sweet new Singer- if it’s good enough for Martha, it’s good enough for me.


  • Jeremy says:

    Post more. Your blog entries are too short. I can read them in less than 8 hours. Now how am I supposed to spend the rest of my work day?

  • Jenny F says:

    Congrats! Yay a new sewing machine. Lucky! I’m waiting to see posts of your beautiful sewing projects now. Get going. Just kidding.

  • Rachel says:

    Rowley, if I took the time to blog everyday then I wouldn’t have anything to blog about because I would be spending all my time blogging and not doing. The amount of blogging I do is reversely proportional to the coolness of my blogs. I would just end up blogging about blogging. It would be lame!
    BTW a suggestion for what you could do all day: work on Lebwinks!

  • Jeremy says:

    But Rachel, you need to think about your readers. You don’t need to actually do things. You just need to say you do things.

    And LebWinks is soo 2008. Just kidding. I can’t work on it at work. I would get in trouble.

  • Rachel says:

    So Rowley, you would get in trouble for working on Lebwinks while at work but you don’t get in trouble for surfing the web endlessly? Makes perfect sense.

  • Robyn says:

    I had a Brother sewing machine as well and had the same issues. I probably should have figured I was in for some grief when all of the instructions in the manual had no real information – just smiley or frowny faces… I’m saving mine for target practice this summer.

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