My income tax refund has arrived 6 months after retiring from work! I have always promised myself a new sewing machine to make clothes, dresses for my grand daughters and crafts. I wanted something with computerized stitches and some fancy things - my current basic electric one is 20 years old and is not much of a step up from the treadle machine I learnt to sew on! It does zig zag but it took many tears to get that to work reasonable well on cotton and it is fight on other fabric.
I have visited a local supplier, tried one machine with the kind of complex facilities I dreamed of. I have looked on various sales sites and tried to get to some ideas from people's reviews. Now I am really confused. I am thinking a Janome 607 or a PFAFF Ambition 1. The long lists of features needs a lot of thought. But, as they are all imported, at least I can get one off the shelf immediately! (unlike the British made greenhouse we have to wait 4 weeks for).
Meanwhile the British Sewing Bee continues to inspire me - especially the make over things! As for the sheer fabric blouse challenge this week, I last sewed in chiffon, a vivid green, when making a disco dress for dances at the local youth club in 1968. But I have a couple of ill fitting ex office blouses in my "can I make this over" box and I am inspired to re work them into something more modern and useful.