I have got it! I bought a new machine. It has taken me such a long time to get to this point. My Singer has lasted me years Looking back it was about 2003 that I bought that pretty little basic machine. She served me well, but she no longer is adequate. I have outgrown the basics. It does not help she lost a leg and is now highly unstable. Still it feels a bit like treachery to the machine that did so well.
Knowing that I needed a better machine I searched and searched. What did I want and how much did I want to spend. A major step forward was last year when I visited Trine. She let me use her machine and I loved it. As it turns out that was a limited edition and I could not purchase it here. But it got me thinking about Pfaff again. Then I started pattern drafting and sewing classes. The best part about the sewing classes was that I could use multiple machines. Try them out and look at them at leisure. In the end I did buy a machine they have in my class. Money of course was an issue as the machines are not cheap. In fact SO was impressed by the prices when I told him about it. He’d never expected that.
What did I buy then?
Well this is my baby
The Pfaff expressions 3.0. She is essentially a quilting machine. So the work area is huge, which for clothes is also fantastic. IDT, 196 different stitches (including 8 button holes), needle up/down, twin needle capability etc etc. And compared to the SInger very little noise. She is sitting on the table and I tried her yesterday. It is a dream to work with.
I also got a thread case and new scissors with it. Happy happy happy, oh yes and broke 😉