My first sewing experience was about 5 years ago when I went to visit my great friend in Ithaca. She signed us up for a community sewing class. We made tote bags. There are embarrassing photos of us somewhere, holding up our hideous totes. The class consisted of the two of us, and our teachers (the 60 year old future versions of us). Anyways something clicked. Not to say I was good, I think I may have been terrible. But as soon as we got back to my friend's apartment I went online and bought the cheapest sewing machine possible.... my brother. This machine cost about $60 including shipping, it was the greatest machine. Sure we had our moments. There were times when I screamed, "It's garbage!!", and my boyfriend would come in and budge a few things here or there and it would be good as new. But that game got old.
My machine was screaming for retirement. So I am letting her go, and in return bought her Great Aunt on eBay. A machine that is a good 50 years older than her, but was built to last. I bought a Singer RFJ8-8, it was made sometime in the late 50s early 60s in Canada. I was a bit nervous having a 40 lb machine mailed to me from a random on eBay... but this guy packed it for serious. I've never seen anything like it, newspaper, boxes within boxes, foam, air bags, the whole deal. The carrying case is in pristine condition which also helps. I'll keep you updated on Grandma Singer I haven't made anything with her yet, as I just received her today. Check back.