Well, at Easter my mum, unwittingly, solved the problem. As I was borrowing her sewing machine for the upteenth time in 20 years, she said
"Why don't you buy your own sewing machine?"
and I replied,
"Because I borrow yours!"
To be honest, it hadn't even occcurred to me to buy my own maching, I just borrow my mum's.
The more I thought about it, the more I thought this was a good idea. I would have a machine readily available in the house; I wouldn't have to arrange to use my mum's. I would probably use it a lot more if it were easy to get hold of. Also, sewing machines have moved on since my mum's old Singer (it does straight stitch, zig zag and 4 step buttonholes) so it may encourage me to branch out and do something new.
So I did a bit of reasearch, mithered the Textile teacher at school and then went off to John Lewis on Saturday morning. The sales assistant was incredibly helpful, and, having been sewing for nearly 50 years herself, very knowledgeable.
So I plumped.
For this one:
I love it!
It's so clever.
It knows to finish with the needle in the fabric, it does lock stitches and overcasting.
It does buttonholes in one step, to the exact size of your button!
It does fancy embroidery stitches,
The feet fall off and clip on (no need to screw them in).
You can limit the speed of the stitching, like cruise control.
The bobbin goes in on the top of the arm, not underneath, so you can see when it's running low.
It can even thread its own needle!
(Very important now that my near sight is going)
In about 15 minutes I was fully proficient.
Within two hours I had made this:
which daughter thinks is "cool".
Here she is modelling the skirt in the kitchen:
(Note the fancy stitches around the hem)
I think we'll be making a lot more 'Working Mum Originals' in the future.
Thank you, Reen.