Since she gave it to me I have been sewing with my Gran’s old Singer from the 1950’s with it’s hot, hand cranking action and single stitch choice. It works but it is awkward using one hand to turn the wheel and only having one hand to feed the fabric.
I dragged out a whole heap of stuff out whilst making my new bedspread, and since I have some free time, I thought I’d get on with some of those things I’d planned for some of my fabric. I was depressed at the thought of fiddling around with the old Singer… changing the thread tension is an arcane art, and I am not sure I have the stomach for sacrificing that many goats… So I have bought myself a new Brother XL2620. It’s a basic 25 stitch machine – when you are used to one stitch, 25 doesn’t seem that basic and I admit to feeling mildly intimidated by it. I will poke it some more over the next few days mainly making cushion covers and once I get used to it I’ll be fine.