I’ve been sewing on the same machine for about 10 years. It’s not a super fabulous machine, but it is MINE and I’ve pretty much learned everything I know on it.
My Janome didn’t die a horrible death or anything. That thing is still chuggin’ along, but I sew way too much and way too hard for it. And I pretty much push it at full speed every time I use it. I like to go FAST and this Janome was not built for a lead foot with an affinity for leather and denim. I just picked up a new-to-me vintage machine and an industrial machine for my studio, so my Janome has been demoted to “backup sewing machine.” I feel bad, but I’m sure this guy could use a rest. Rest happy, dear friend.