Well it finally happened, our old sewing machine died. I was sewing along making a new foredeck bag from sailrite. When it went chunk bending the needle side ways. I was rather surprised. I was just about to sew on the zipper. So I changed the needle out and went to give it a try again. Chunk. One layer of sunbrella and a zipper did it in. After all the other abuses I've laid on the machine I couldn't believe it. With some fiddling I figured out that the bobbin was not turning. Off to the sewing machine repair shop. Turns out I had stripped a gear up in the machine head. It was not worth repairing. So we searched for a replacement machine. After watching e bay, and a checking out a few other places we decided to go with a new Singer Stylus. It does not seem quite as heavy as the old machine but it has lots of buttons and does lots of cool stitches. It even makes a cute beeping noise at you when you try to sew through to many layers at once. But it should do the job for us. Here are some photos of it in action as I finished up the foredeck bag.