And I really, really didn't want one.
I've been best friends with my sewing machine for 27-odd years and I have an emotional attachment to it. My parents bought it for me at the time when I had just moved in with Bert. I wanted to make curtains for the living room windows, you see, because it was right on the road and every passer-by could look in of an evening.
Before all that, I had used my mother's old sewing machine to muddle through various sewing projects. Unfortunately, that was on its last legs.
Anyway, back to the present. In my last few sewing adventures my old buddy has been playing up. When it started sounding more like an old rusty harvester than a sewing machine I dusted and oiled all the cogs and wheels, making for a much smoother running machine.
But thread kept bunching up underneath the fabric, whatever I did to remedy, it would do a good job for 5 cm and start bunching up again.
I had to keep going to finish off the promised Cinderella dress
Now a few days ago Bert went to the post office to pick up a parcel. It was a new sewing machine !
It's a Toyota Oekaki Renaissance.
And it's red !
And I'll have to go through a uni course of four years to be able to work with it.
It does loads of stitches and can embroider.
I'll have my work cut out trying to understand the workings of this new machine. I guess the best way to learn is to use it and practice.
There is this handy contraption, that attaches to the sewing machine, with the various stitches and codes for the 'operation panel'.
Here they are side by side.
I feel very disloyal to my old harvester, but we will get it serviced and hopefully fixed.
Has anyone of my readers ever used one of these new-fandangled machines ?