There's really not much along the highway between Santa Fe and Alburquerque but wide open spaces and interesting clouds.
I found the shop, chatted with the Bernina repair guy and left my beloved purple machine in his capable hands.
I met a friend for a yummy, healthy lunch at Thai Vegan, visited a nearby yarn shop (more on that later) and picked up my machine ... which is now happy as a clam. Turns out the problem was a MECHANICAL one. Something had seized, but he was able to resolve the issue and I was good to go.
Bonus! He also fixed the automatic needle threader–honestly, I broke it so long ago that I forgot it was there.
Now I feel ready for tomorrow's Friday Night Sew-In. I will be making some lotto blocks for February (which I can't share until February 1) and continue the quilting on the scrappy comfort quilt which came to an abrupt halt when the machine stopped dead in it's tracks a week ago.
If all goes well, at this time tomorrow, I could be making the scrappy binding. I might even take a break and put together some pink scraps into a little project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Over on the Block Lotto, I've started a new weekend Linky Party called Weekend Update. Go check it out and see what this wonderfully diverse group of quilters has been up to this week.