Thank you all so much for the comments regarding my sewing machine issues in the last post. (There is still time to enter the give away if you feel so inclined.) I have decided that I want to save up for a new sewing machine. Part of me wanted to go out and buy a good quality sew-all machine that I could probably pick up for under £300. Having read all your advice and checked out all the shops and links I'm inclined to save up and go for something a little pricier, that will offer me a lot more features and benefits. I have been agonising about this though because I'm really not good at spending big chunks of money on stuff. If it had been Chief in my position he'd have bought a new machine at the first sign of the older one playing up. In fact Chief would have probably upgraded before the machine played up, justifying the purchase by how much use and enjoyment he would get from it. Which is pretty much what he told me to do the first time I had problems with my machine quilting the Hope Valley Quilt.
I've decided in the time I'll take to save up and make sure I get the right machine for me at the right deal; I really should make more effort to sort out that sewing corner I showed you in this post. There are no before photos now, but lets just say it quickly reverted to a clutter hole and it never did get the pretty touches and the junk cleared out from under the bench so I could sit and use the desk area. On Saturday I decided it was time to at least move the stuff from under the bench so I could aim at eventually using it as a desk area. (I'm still not convinced it is deep enough to quilt at. I was not long into the task on Saturday when I got to that awful stage where I'd created a scary amount of mess and not seemingly achieved much. I did however manage to clear out most of the boxes of craft stuff over to the other side of the dining room. They may not look very attractive stacked up like that and will eventually need properly sorting, but it will do for now.
This afternoon I took all the books off the two shelves, dusted thoroughly, straightened them and put the ones I'm keeping back.
It looks tidy and organised. I figure if I tackle this task in bite sized chunks then it is more than achievable. I will have a dedicated sewing area and I'll pretty much need, if not deserve a new machine - don't you think?