Last week I started my 6 week course of sewing lessons, arranged by my Dad as a Christmas present. On Thursday evening I trundled down the hill (everywhere is "down the hill" from us, we live approx 1/2 mile from the highest point in Kent) to The Sewing Club, to start improving my sewing under the watchful eye of Angela, the course director.
Now I'm not a complete beginner, but due to a lack of funds throughout University and beyond, my machine thus far has been a 1960s Harris:
Very sweet though this may look, it has one stitch (straight) and one speed (fast!). Therefore my lessons were always going to be on a modern machine that would take some time getting used to. Angela has named all her machines, mainly for the use of keeping track of servicing, and I was set to work on "Keith", a Brother LS 2125, practising zigzag stitches and threading up the machine.
I was hooked - this machine could not only sew more than one stitch, it didn't make the crackling-and-blue-lights display on the back of motor (I'm not sure my Harris is the safest thing in the world!)... And being someone who takes her "crafty education" very seriously, I spent Friday morning researching where I could buy my very own "Keith". And with a bit of price comparison and searching, I found my very own...
I usually do all my crafting at our dining table, but as I intend to use my new machine a lot, I hauled in an old table from one of our stables and set up an mini crafting/sewing area. My boyfriend has agreed that if I use my machine on this old table every night for 2 weeks, he'll build me a proper crafting desk with storage...wish me luck!