On August 29, 2005, New Orleans turned into a disaster area. Hurricane Katrina has hit
and is destroying the homes of millions of people. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and
one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
At a category 5 hurricane, you can imagine the devastation is was causing.
In the midst of all this as the town became flooded when the levee broke ,
on one lonley street was an embroidery shop with this machine in it. As the
water and sludge rose higher and higher, the machine continued to go under
water and peaked out above the machine. Ruining everything it touched, the
salt water took its toll on the metal of this machine as it sat under water for weeks .
Finally when the water started receeding, there was sludge and rust appearing on "Katrina".
We received a call from the shop owner wanting to know if we were interested in buying
the machine. Well, with all that salt water for weeks on the machine, we just knew that
it was totally ruined. It was definitely ruined by the time we arrived. There was a foot
of sludge on the floor in the midst of all the other items on the floor that had been
floating around for weeks as the water receeded. We had to dig our way through the
sludge and stuff to get to the machine. We wanted to take a chance on the machine
and see if we could bring it back to life.
After several months of replacing literally every nut, bolt, washer, and electrical part,
we had the machine back together and running. We decided to name it "Katrina", thinking
that would be appropriate.
Our customer, "All 4 You" in Wisconsin, bought the machine and has owned it for many
years now. He has sewn quite a bit of embroidery including caps with Katrina and the
company still owns it to this day. Still runs great , but when he has a problem with it
he would call and say, "I am having a problem with katrina!" We laugh about it now but
then it was not so funny, as the people of New Orleans have suffered through the tragedy
of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.