I've been waiting patiently for a second hand sewing machine to come up for sale either on eBay, a charity shop or even on Freecycle but with no luck. Then, this morning, I went to do some grocery shopping at Lidl and saw they had some SilverCrest models for sale at £59.99.
I'm an absolute beginner. My knowledge of sewing and haberdashery is on a par with my knowledge of cars and motor sports. Just like driving, I have yet to master speed control, position in the road and I haven't tried reversing round corners yet.
But I can sew! Sort of. I made my first shopping bag (from an upcycled top).
Undeterred by my obvious lack of talent, my loyal girls asked me to make them 'something'. My attempts to create a small stuffed bird were a tad ambitious but the resultant 'seahorse' was well received.
I'm going to have great fun with this - just don't expect to see my work on Etsy any time soon!