I've always been an artsy-creative kind of person. I've drawn, painted, used pastels. I like to make cards and do scrapbooking/memory books. I've done some things with beads (wooden, plastic, glass). I've used rubber stamps and embossing powder. I've done counted cross stitch & even latch hook rugs (the rugs, I did when I was young). Now, knitting. Spinning and weaving really interest me, too but I don't have alot of space or alot of money - so those two things are kind of on hold. Lately I've been thinking that I should have a sewing machine (mainly because my hand-sewing sucks and a machine would be quicker and should look nicer!). But sewing machines nowadays are kind of...scary. I mean, there are sewing machines that run on Microsoft Windows!
Here's where I need help. What should I look for in a sewing machine? What bells & whistles do I need? And what brand(s) are good? I just want a basic sewing machine. One that, well, sews. You know. Straight lines. One that's pretty simple to use (I've never used one!). One that doesn't cost a ton of money. Oh! And one that's not huge (remember my space issues). I know alot of you sew...so, any suggestions????
By the way, a quilting magazine was given to me. I looked through it, at the sewing machine ads, thinking they might help...they were NO help! In fact, I'm more confused now than I was before!
Lent-Along Update: I haven't been doing much knitting. My arms/wrists/hands have been hurting me (even when I'm not knitting), so I've been doing minimal knitting. Maybe my tendons (or whatever) are still healing from the Killer Shawl??? I refuse to think that it's some kind of serious damage. Because, really, some days, I think knitting is what keeps me sane and calm - so I refuse to think that perhaps I won't be able to do it!
Enjoy the weekend...and MAKE it a great day!