I finally took my sewing machine to the shop this afternoon, and I was feeling such separation anxiety! I had all these horrible visions of being without it for weeks. After I got home I set up my backup machine and sewed a couple of DWR seams. I'm going to have to take it all back out because I just couldn't get the seams to the same size. Anyway, 2 hours after I got home they called from the shop that the machine was ready!! I couldn't believe it. As soon as I got it home, I got right to work, and it's making a horrible noise now. It's also still breaking threads, although this time it's in the upper part of the machine, not in the bobbin. So it's still broken. On a happier note, my bobbin winder was broken and has been for more than a year. I didn't bother to get it fixed since it happened right around the time that the Side Winder came out, and I've used one since. It's fixed now and winds the bobbin so much better than what I've been using. A little good, still a lot bad. At least I can still use it carefully until I have to take it back in.
22 hours ago