About being frugal is any money saved can be used for whatever it is needed for. It might be to allow you to eat, pay a bill, go on holiday, put into an emergency fund, or in this case, save towards something. First of all though, a warm welcome to Jackie Connelly via Bloglovin.
I already have a sewing machine but it is one of those things I was persuaded to buy at a stitching show, many years ago, back in the day when money was no problem. You know the kind of machine, an all powerful, singing and dancing type that quite frankly, drives me nuts. I have never been able to fully get to grips with its bobbin winding. I know, such a simply thing yet I get so irate by the nth attempt that I simply cannot enjoy sewing and usually give up. DB always has to come and do it and that cheeses me off even more:(
I was going to sell it to raise the funds needed to get a simpler machine but because of its power, it will come in handy for tackling big projects - bobbin winding notwithstanding:(, such as putting together and sewing through all the layers of a quilt. Also, DDiL will be able to use it for big projects as well.
Anyhow, now we are using less money on food, I have been saving the difference every month, along with any other titbits and finally had enough saved to go and buy another one.
We have a sewing machine centre quite near us and whilst out the other day, DB suggested we go have a look as he was getting quite fed up of wading through the blue air at home generated by me in the sewing room!
I'm always a little wary of places like this as they can try foisting you off with whatever they need to shift but I took my time and we have been into them before for supplies. I said what I needed and he started me off with a simple machine before showing me another one that did a little bit more but which also came with some great quilting gadgets, free!
However, although I was tempted by said machine and gadgets, in the end I chose the first one he showed me as it just felt better. Anyway, if necessary, I can save and buy gadgets if really needed.
My, how we change with age, I would have been swayed by gadgets once upon a time. Anyhow, the one I went for is a Brother Innov Is 10A.
It has a neat push button to sew but also comes with a foot pedal if I prefer. I think sewing with a button will take a bit of time to get used to but once out the package, I sat down to fill a bobbin and it just did it, no problems and within a short time, was merrily practising sewing with it.
DB had to help with the automatic needle threader as we thought it was broken. It was our fault though, although the needle looked up but it wasn't fully up, once we realised our mistake it was fine.