I own a very old sewing machine. I've been using it a lot lately, as you know, and finally it was not working properly. The stitches were getting jammed up, thread was breaking, and finally, the needle broke by hitting the metal bobbin assembly. Fortunately, this happened after my big push to get items finished for the street festival. I wasn't able to readjust what needed realignment, and the final thread guide before the needle, dropped off and disappeared into some crevice in my studio. OH NO! I took the machine, all bazillion pounds of it (it's "portable?") to a repair place and it got a tune-up. They told me that it can't break, it's all metal (thus the weight of it) and that I shouldn't ever get rid of it. Woohoo, I liked hearing that. I stitches forwards and back and zigs and zags and also has a little drop in cam option to make fancy stitches (which I never do.) I'm so happy because it now sews smoothly and silently. I had no idea how noisy it was until I got it back yesterday. Wow! Sewing Machine Joy. I'm off to sew something. See you later!