Apart from the official definition, when I think of a robot in everyday terms, I think of something like CP30 or R2D2 from Star Wars: an advanced piece of technology that is not only my personal helper, but my companion as well. What is your sewing machine if not both a personal helper and companion? Not only does a machine help people mend clothing and express creativity, in many cases it will serve as one’s companion as well. This has been made clear to me more than ever over the last 18 months during the pandemic. Being stuck at home, unable to participate in many out-of-the-home activities, your machine means more to you now than ever. We see it in our repair department, overflowing with machines in need of TLC after months and months of mask-making and quilting. We also see it up front, with people pouring into the store to upgrade their old machine to something modern with upgraded capabilities.