Have you ever wondered about technology and how much it is involved in our daily lives? I’m not talking about how it influenced our lives, I’m saying how much it is involved. I don’t mean using the computer for work, or Facebook-ing, or even our smartphones. I mean every day activities of life. Neither did I until these past few days. Stop rolling your eyes, I am not going to get all philosophogical, but I did have a moment.
Big D. and I took a ride to Lancaster—Ephrata PA to be more exact. My goal was to bring my Bernina 440 QE to be serviced but ended up walking out with an upgrade – 770 QE. It was a huge leap of an upgrade.
Now mind you, I was happy with my 440 but Ervine from Hinkletown Sewing made me a “offer I couldn’t refuse”. I said good-by to my 440 (until now I realized I never named her…she was always “440”. How impersonal! Like a cyborg. Come to think of it, my New Home doesn’t have a name either – only my Featherweight. Do only featherweights get a name? I will leave this for another discussion.) and put the newest addition to my family in the car. I have to admit there were feelings of guilt leaving 440. Sometimes my attachment to inanimate objects is a little much.
It was on the way home I realized that “770” really IS a cyborg. It is ALL computerized. It was then I though how much technology is involved in my life. My washer, dryer, car (that “low tire pressure” light gives me such anxiety) all computerized. I don’t know what I would do without navigation – I think I’d forgotten how to read a map. MY COFFEE MAKER!! – EEEGADS! Even my camera doesn’t use film anymore.
Does technology really make life easier or just more convenient? Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool that 770 can cut my thread and raise and lower the presser foot just by pushing a button. But honestly how hard is it to grab the scissors or raise or lower the lever (oh, by the way, 770 doesn’t have a lever to raise/lower the foot). I just don’t know the answer.
I often think of past quilters/sewers when I use my Featherweight, I think of their creativity and their ingenuity. I am excited to get to know 770 and maybe think of future quilters and creators.