I’ll admit it. I’m sewing machine greedy.
Last year, I upgraded my sewing machine to a computerized sewing and embroidery machine that does everything but pick out the fabric. I’m in love with this machine. But did I really need it? After all my old machine was also computerized and had more stitches than I would use in a lifetime.
My greed for a new machine got me to thinking about the “American Way.” Do we really need to upgrade that year-old smart phone? Do we really need a bigger TV that’s HD and 3D?
The “American Way” seems to be the mindset of the society in which we live. Don’t pay off your current car before upgrading to a newer model with more features. Forget that you didn’t use half of the features in your old car. Let’s not talk about our homes and all of the upgrades on that wish list. Whatever you’re into, we all get caught being a little greedy at times. But when do we determine a need from greed?
In my grandparents’ day, life seemed simple. You bought the car you could afford and you paid it off. You raised your kids in the first and often times only house you would ever buy. You wore the clothes you could afford, you went out to dinner when you had the extra money and there was no such thing as vacation debt, wedding debt or credit card debt. Today, we find ourselves financing such occasions using credit and upgrading our gadgets and technology annually. What are we trying to cure with those constant “upgrades” we find ourselves making?
Is it because we make more money and have more disposable income? Or can we blame the manufacturers who produce the new models every year that entice us?
Whatever the reason, I guess what it really boils down to is not to be too greedy. I suppose it was OK for me to splurge on a new sewing machine. After all, I tend to make small sacrifices on the things I don’t value as much. For instance, ninety-percent of my wardrobe, I buy from the clearance rack or second hand stores. My car is paid for and has been for more than seven years with no plans to visit a new car lot anytime soon. And the most important sign that it was OK to be sewing- machine- greedy is my husband totally encouraged my new purchase-I really love that guy.
Maybe the cure to being greedy is to first answer the question “Do I need it or want it?” Who am I kidding, that question didn’t work for me.
Recently I attended a workshop and a participant pulled out her brand new Bernina sewing machine. I could feel “greedy” creeping all over me again. Hmm.
Tracie McPherson, a working-mom to three children, wrote this blog for momaha. Read more from Tracie by clicking here.
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