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So yes i am one of those 'sewing-machine-virgins' ;) and i love to have one because right now i just sew by hand and it just takes a lot of time but my problem is i'm always moving around so do you think they have smallereasy for travelling sewing machines.. ?

Amika - I actually started sewing on a tiny little travel machine that I got for really cheap! It was pretty similar to this one here:


It was nowhere near as good as a proper machine as it only did a straight stitch and wouldn't handle heavy fabrics but it was perfect for losing my sewing machine virginity!

Cassie - there is another benefit to all the above - the huge sense of personal satisfaction you get from doing something creative. Seeing the finished article and knowing you made it rather than bought it is a fabulous feeling. This all adds to our general sense of psychological well-being.

Doing all these types of activities can also help prevent depression - we have some interesting stuff on this on our website http://www.makeitandmendit.com/page4.htm - see knitting and depression, soil and depression, gardening as a tonic.

Great post!Thank you!

^_^ thanks Cassie i'm gonna put it on my need-to-find-list

Claire Flynn - Tell me about it! A completed project always makes me dorkishly happy. I can totally see how it would help prevent depression :)

Dear Cassie, with ref to your comments on getting a bike, I hope you don't mind me leaving a link to a great charity based in Newcastle (UK) who recycle bikes to resell at low prices, training volunteers and trying to help them find work. So a good thrifty project all round!

Thanks, J (excellent blog BTW!)

Jane - I don't mind at all, it sounds like a great project :)

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