A New Washing Machine

Handful of Scraps, Life in General

Yes my piece of junk water saver is getting kicked out of this house.  These machines were so highly touted 10 years or so ago – I just had to have one when my machine broke down for good 7 years ago and it was a decision I regretted ever since.  Tuesday I will get a new machine delivered – an agitator and a full tub of water with which you may soak something for 2 hours without the water draining out.  Whoever invented the water saver needs to realize they do not do quilts well – or clothing.  How many of us have clothes that come out of a water saver machine still dirty or needing more rinsing – a quilt that doesn’t get completely wet? Even when using the “bulk size” load.  After 7 years mine is being carted out of my house for a $15 recycle fee that I am gladly paying to get it out my door.  I know some places you really do need to watch how much water you use because of droughts and if I have one and need to watch my water consumption I will wash my clothes in small loads or with it packed full to make good use of it.  But I want a full tub of water.  I snapped these two photos with the phone.  This is the large 4.2 cubic feet machine.  14 wash cycles, 2 hour pre-soak if you wish.  Full deep load!  (I am not just replacing because I wanted to but because of trouble that I have been having with it for months now – Mike kind of fixed it but it got worse and a repairman would need to come out – Mike checked out on line what was wrong with it and sounded like it would take hours to get the fix done at who knows what price – this new machine on labor day sale and with a discount made the sound decision to get a new one and get the old out of the house).

new washing machine

I wonder how many of you know that if you or your spouse is an honorable discharged vet that you can get a 10% discount at Lowes?  We didn’t know about it until several months ago when Mike read something about it – so he inquired and yes you bring your honorable discharge military papers with you and show at the check out and they input information into the computer – you get a “My Lowes” card (this  is not a credit card it is a reward point type of card)  which you show at check out on your purchases and a 10% discount is applied – this really comes in handy for something like a washing machine or other appliance.  Mike makes all of our purchases now at this store where he can get the discount – building supplies etc. it will at least pay the taxes if nothing else.


And a little more done on the hexies – I never did get the basket quilt out yesterday – I read a book, enjoyed the 78 degree weather on the porch – not bad for a 1st day of summer! windows open all day.  I did go exercise and worked a little more on this quilt last night.

Handful of Scraps




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30 comments… add one
  • Kathi Sep 2, 2017

    Congrats on getting a good old fashioned washing machine… Enjoy and I love your hexi progress too!! Kathi
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    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      thanks Kathi! sure hope it works good LOL

  • maxine lesline Sep 2, 2017

    The info on washing machines… and Lowe’s discount…. is good to know… 10% off on a $400 purchase.. or more… is a real bargain. These quilt blogs are helpful for more than quilting… thanks.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      your welcome – I know some people are satisfied with their water saver machines but others like me have not been happy with them. Everyone loves a discount right!

  • Barbara Sep 2, 2017

    I feel the same way about my low energy machine, a huge dissappointment. I’ve wasted the water savings on rewashing to get the things clean! My next machine will be like your new one. Happy to hear they still make them. Does your new one have a spin only cycle? I need that for spinning out excess water from wool sweaters.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      I don’t know if it has a spin only – really didn’t notice that – Lowe’s had a lot of machines with agitators and that filled full of water – I bet a lot of people didn’t like those new machines – I think at least a third to half of their machines were like this one

  • Mary Jo Sep 2, 2017

    I purchased that machine after a recall on a high energy machine.
    I like it. Note it is “energy efficient” as there is a selection on the top row on the left.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      thanks I hope I will like this machine and not have to rewash items

  • Barbara Sindlinger Sep 2, 2017

    Lucky you found one of those machines. I was told that you can’t find them around here but I’m in California and the drought has made us all pretty aware of water conservation, but I feel having to put clothes thru the wash two times uses as much water as an old fashioned machine. I have my old one and I’m keeping it as long as I can. I don’t need all that fancy stuff.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      There might have been so many complaints made against the new water saver machines that they brought the agitators back. About a third to half of the machines in the store were these older type (also no digital which I think can cause pricey problems as well) I started to look a couple months ago as I thought I might have a problem finding them but no they had a lot – I am in Arkansas though where yes we have droughts in the summer sometimes but they don’t last a long time like California has.

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 2, 2017

    The discount for retired military is really good, isn’t it? We use it on every purchase at Lowe’s and Home Depot too. I love it when I buy plants and flowers! We just show our military ID at purchase. You are really going to enjoy your new machine! I’m waiting for mine to kick the bucket. It’s been over ten years and doesn’t seem to want to, lol! The weather here in the DFW has been so nice too, and Tuesday we are suppose to have a “cold” front come through. Hexie quilt is looking great.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      Mike doesn’t have a military ID card anymore as he didn’t retire from the military – but this discount that they enter into the computer is for anyone that has an honorable discharge no matter how many years they served. My “good” machine only lasted 7 years but had trouble with it from the beginning it seemed from unbalanced loads to not cleaning and not getting a full high load of water to soak quilts.

  • Summer Sep 2, 2017

    Hi Karen 🙂 Hope you are doing okay. Love your new machine, and your hexies are quite pretty 🙂

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    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      hey Summer hope you are doing well! I believe I will love the new machine!

  • Clara Sep 2, 2017

    Military discounts are great! My husband is a retired veteran, and I use the retired military ID at several places—-Home Depot and Lowes—and also Joanns! I just show my military ID card at Joanns and automatically get 10% off of my total amount. 🙂

    Your hexie quilt is just amazing! You get so much done!

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      this is something that is just for retired military – it is for anyone who served and is Honorable discharge – my husband is not retired military but did serve 9 years

  • Shawneen Sep 2, 2017

    My dear-sweet husband bought an energy/water efficient machine for me after my 22 year old machine died. I kept the new one 4 months, put it in the barn, and found an old 90-eleven-million-gallon one for $50. It could handle a braided rug.
    I truly love your quilts. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      sounds like a good thing to do with those machines! put them in the barn

  • Belarmina Sep 2, 2017

    Karen me alegra que puedas tener una buena lavadora,
    es frustrante cuando compras un nuevo electrodoméstico, y cuando esta en tu casa, ves que no cumple lo que esperabas.
    En mi casa esto esta pasando con el nuevo frigorífico,
    buen domingo

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      yes new appliances are not always what you think they will be. I wish I had a different refrigerator too!!

  • Deb Sep 2, 2017

    Enjoy the new washer! 🙂 I had a chuckle…my current washer is a big load one, due to the middle son living with me a few years back for awhile and needing really heavy duty work clothes washed. When the old one quit I’d have never opted for that big load one unless he was here, but now it comes in handy for quilts 🙂

    Karen you asked about my Rose of Sharon bushes. I never trimmed them when they were young. NOW I cut off 3 feet in the fall and the things grow 4 feet over the summer with the rainy early spring / summers that we have been having. It is the same with every bush here ; I cannot keep up:)
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    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      my Rose of Sharon is quite young still so I had wondered if I needed to trim – last fall it was very small and all the leaves fell off of it in Oct-Nov – I imagine they will again this year to – right now it has 3 long branches (stems?) on it so we will see.
      Yes we need a good washer for the quilts.

  • Suzanne schulte Sep 2, 2017

    Oh! I am so glad that I’m not the only one who hates the energy saving machines! I keep a bucket in the utility and dump a full bucket of water on the clothes in the washer before starting the load to make them much heavier. That’s usually enough to fool the sensors into putting enough water in the load. When I bought a new fridge recently and told the owner of the appliance store what I had to do with the washer, he said I was defeating the water saving features. He didn’t seem to care about the fact that the clothes didn’t come clean.

    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      I hadn’t thought of adding weight to the clothes like that – very good idea – yes it defeats the purpose – but what else to do to get the clothes clean!

  • Karon Scott Sep 2, 2017

    I can’t wait until my water saver dies…..I am afraid I will first. I too have fussed for 8 years or more. Keep up the good work on the hexies.
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    • Karen Sep 2, 2017

      someone just said to pour a bucket of water over the clothes in the machine before you turn on and it fools it to weighting the close higher and therefore putting more water in the machine – don’t know if it would help you but wouldn’t hurt to try – I’m so eager to wash clothes Tuesday afternoon and try it out LOL

  • I’m so glad you wrote this. I’ve been feeling so frustrated with mine and thought it was operator failure. My dark clothes are a nightmare!! Every wash cycle has to have an extra rinse and that makes no difference! I’m at the point of trying to sell mine on Craig’s list and buy a “real” washing machine!!! ?

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      I have had trouble with mine for the whole 7 years I have had it – was so glad when I had an excuse to get rid of it

  • LisaS Sep 5, 2017

    We got rid of our front loading machine about 6 years ago and I am so happy we did! We replaced it with a new but old fashioned top load model. It actually uses WATER to wash clothes! Go figure.

    • Karen Sep 5, 2017

      I never had a front loader but I have heard they are as bad as the water saver top loaders. I think I will be happy back with the old fashion agitator that will fill up with water.

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