I am a fairly novice seamstress, but I can sew a straight line (most of the time) and can read a pattern. I like being able to make things for myself (and the dogs) - especially when I can reuse, upcycle and make do. I would love to learn how to quilt, but I fear that I have two big strikes against me: the focus of a fruit fly and I am math-challenged.
My very favorite sewing machine - the one I use for almost everything - is my mother's old Singer Featherweight. She got this when she graduated from college - 1949, I believe. This little gem is built like a tank (and weighs almost as much), has NEVER broken down, and - other than the occasional belt replacement - has functioned flawlessly for all these years. I recently had to track down a repair person to replace the original cords that run from the pedal to the machine. I (luckily) noticed there were breaks along the cord just before Kramer clamped his jaws on it. That would have put a sparkle in his eyes.
I was very lucky and found a repair guy that works out of his house - right on my pathway to work! He can and will work on any type of sewing machine and told me lots of interesting things about the early Singers. Cool beans. He also has an adorable dog. Who quickly discovered that I drive around with dog treats.
For fancier sewing, I have an older Husqvarna (Husky 145). It is desperately in need of a once-over and now that I've found my repair guy, it's next on the list. Right under car repairs, vet bills, fuel oil, and gasoline.
I have my holiday gifts to make, a few pair of pants to hem, and my exciting new project - flannel-lined window shades for my living room windows! I have a real problem with window 'dressing'. Mostly, I like them bare-nekkid. That is a problem, however, if I happen to be bare-nekkid. I don't think the neighbors are ready for that.