No offense taken! Our citrus is approx. 4 years old and seems to enjoy their tiny pots. We do lots of container gardening during the regular growing season. Do you have a balcony or outdoor space of your own where you could grow something lovely?
Have you tried removing the entire bobbin case to clean your machine? It should be relatively straight forward, just pay attention to how it comes apart so you can get it back together. Your machine should have come with a little brush/pick. If you can't find it, try using a soft paintbrush to get in there and remove lint and pieces of thread. Good luck!
I received from koalascout, she sent me five instead of four FQ! I now have cupcakes, fruit, Mickey Mouse, chocolate and Georgia to add to my stash. There were also some drink mix packets that are now history. (yum!)