My inability to see clearly does have it's funny side you know.
The quilt top I am working on along with the cushions requires me to use my sewing machine.
This is great. I can see the stitch guides clearly and it is only straight sewing I'm doing. Putting in the zippers was a bit more challenging and as I shorten my zippers by sewing across the teeth, this was nearly my undoing. You have to watch that the needle doesn't hit the nylon teeth or it can break.
I can't see the needle too well at the moment, so I sewed slowly. Then I hit the teeth and the needle got stuck there. I managed to get the foot off the shank and release the needle without breaking it, twice. Third time I wasn't so lucky. It broke the top of the needle around the eye region. Then that small part of the needle fell into the bobbin area and didn't come out. I turned the machine upside down. It got my dyson onto it. I shook it. Nothing came out.
Back when I was newly married I had a new you beaut Singer sewing machine that had cams that you inserted to do fancy stitches. It was an expensive machine and my pride and joy, and nearly the death of me. The foot pedal blew up and somehow I managed not to get electrocuted. The whole pedal melted into a molten mess, and I blew the fuse box as well. What had happened was when they machined the housing for the engine they didn't clean out all the metal shavings. One was left in there and that one fell into the motor and it blew up.
The image of this close call has stayed with me all these years and now I had a part of the needle in the machine and I couldn't find it. The bobbin case is isolated from the motor but if I didn't find the needle shard who knows what damage it could do? As a last resort I went to my elderly neighbour and asked if I could borrow his magnifying glass, he uses it to read because his eyes are worse than mine. He wasn't about to let 'his eyes' as he calls it be taken away by a woman, so he came over to help me look. What a picture we must have made?
The upshot was that we found that tiny piece of metal and extracted it with the point of a long pin. While I had the machine in pieces I cleaned and oiled it, well. Living on the waterfront means that metal can rust easily hence all the oil to protect it.
I don't know. Nothing is easy, is it?