I spended money!
In November my old sewing machine finally gave up the ghost. It had been repaired several times and was a proper old faithful!
My mum had an electric Singer sewing machine when I was a kid, and made the majority of her - and us girly kids - dresses.
When I went to Uni I used the sewing machine belonging to my hall of residence - it was a hand-turning Singer model, and although it took much longer to use, I made all my student-y clothes from cheap fabrics: including a different ballgown each year - lined with old sheets!!
My old faithful was also a Singer. I'd been borrowing my daughter's machine since the end of last year, while I saved up for my new machine.
Just in time too, as she wanted hers back!
So, I had been saving since November for a replacement sewing machine. I'd decided that I wanted to buy a new one, and that it needed to be the last sewing machine I would buy - therefore a pretty decent one!
I'm lucky to get commissions throughout the year - mostly alterations, although some made-to-measure too.
I researched online, read reviews, and spoke to friends who had machines for their opinions.
I had enough in the 'Sewing machine envelope'.
So I paid the cash into the Post Office, transferred it into my bank account, and bought this: