The repairman (who I would recommend)told me about... 9 times that I shouldn't let my husband get near it. And he stuck a sticker on it to remind me to call him when it needs a tune-up. (For the record, Aaron did nothing to it except take the case off! It was the boys or me who caused any damage to it).
He even put new felt circles around the ... spool-holder-thingy. And he told me several times that it's a good machine, which is nice to hear, you know? I mean, it's a lower-end Kenmore from 9 years ago, but that's why I bought a Kenmore, because I thought it would last a really long time.
Now I'm going to put Stanley to work, to maybe pay for his repair bill. I have a stack of fabric all cut and waiting for him.
**added later - I just sewed with him and Stanley is making the most delicious soft humming sound! Much quieter than before!
And on a thrifting note, I found some awesome fabric yesterday: