Nash here, again.
One of Dara and my semi-regular acts of "kindness" is volunteer with Raleigh Little Theatre in their costume shop and sometimes set shop. Dara's usually sewing away with Jenny Mitchell and Vicki Olsen. I'm usually working up in the set shop on whatever mad project they can use me for. Today, I was actually in the costume shop fixing sewing machines. Their most recent show is The Velveteen Rabbit (It's currently going on, so if you want more information, check out their page here) , and while it's full of great costumes, the fabrics used were kind of tough on the machines.
Most of the machines that were having issues were sergers that kept randomly losing a thread either through it snagging or breaking randomly. Easy enough to fix if you know what to look for, but sometimes time consuming since threading the machines is kind of annoyingly difficult anyway. Fun, though.
I also got to work on the first digital sewing machine I've worked on in quite some time. It was a Bernina with a touch-screen to control all the funky stitches. Easier than I thought to get in and fix, but there was quite a spread of parts once I had it taken apart. The main shaft had locked up due to quite a lot of fake "fur" clogging its ways. So, I cleaned it, fixed the bind, and got it running again.
Dara and Nash are two happily married craftspeople who love making practical beautiful things.