Flying a kite is an exuberant experience. You literally put your entire body into it as you run like mad, as fast as you can go, with the wind. This can take its toll on delicate clothing. My kite club members and I have an assortment of holes in our t-shirts, some of which are our favorites, and we don’t want to toss them away. We having matching club shirts that we wear on numerous occasions. Those get the most damage. There are a lot of DIY repairs to be made, but not all of us are handy with a basic needle and threat. You would think so owning kites that can get torn! Some resort to sewer’s tape for the clothing, or the kites. We decided we needed to do a proper job of it so it wouldn’t look hand done and unsightly. We vowed to look for a heavy duty sewing machine. This way, we could patch holes in our kites as well, something we really care about. You can always get new t-shirts. Good kites, that’s another matter. Especially the ones we have made ourselves. We have a soft spot in our hearts for them. We are not going to let them go quietly into the sky to an undeserved death. No, we are going to recycle them to the nth degree.
So where do you get a cheap sewing machine. Well, you can ask your mother. But mine said flatly “no.” The same was said by Aunt Sue and grandma. They treasure there old Singer machines. They’ve used them for thirty or forty years. You can go to a used furniture store, a Good Will center, or look at ads in the paper or on line. I discovered dozens that way. The question is, which one would I like. It had to be in good serviceable condition. I might DIY my clothes, but I haven’t a clue about fixing a sewing machine. If you had to take it to a professional shop, that would add considerably to the base price. So I had to be able to see the machine in person and get a first-hand demonstration. I wouldn’t operate it myself since I was going to learn as I go. I had to trust the former owner that the machine was workable and no parts were missing. So I would buy a cheap sewing machine based first on price (now I had a good conception of what it should be with no necessary repairs), second, on appearance, and third, on the demonstration that would have to be to my satisfaction using fabrics similar to those found in kites.
I did spend a few Saturday afternoons in my search but it was well worth the effort. I had to drive here and there to find some local machines for sale that fit my criteria. Eureka. I was successful. I found a couple to choose from and selected the one from the person I trusted the most. Easy!