Being someone who has always been inclined towards the arts and crafts, I'd always told the hubs that if only I had one of the ( littler ) portable sewing machines, that I would be more productive in the, er, sewing/mending/craftiness department.
I could get it up on my desk when I needed to use it, and put it away when I didn't. Our house is so little that space is quite the commodity, and I needed a sewing machine I could pick up and store away when not in use.
So, a few months ago, the hubs picked up a Singer 6160 sewing machine for me at Walmart. It was on sale, so the frugal me didn't complain too much. I have to confess, it DID sit in its box until a few weeks ago, when I started on some projects for the little boy ( that's for another post ... ), as well as a pillowcase for the hubs' little living room pillow.
My grandmother was a seamstress who made a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and before that, was just about the main breadwinner in the family with her home tailoring business. So she had some serious mad skillz. Her sewing machine was one of those that came with its own standalone console thingy with the pedals and several drawers on each side, and she had her own little sewing station by the front window of our rented house in our home town.
I, on the other hand, only WATCHED her stitch and sew when I was growing up - she lived with us, so that was handy, lol... I spent a lot of time watching her use her trusty black Singer and making/cutting clothes patterns out of newspaper and all like that, and I suppose some of that information is retained somewhere in the recesses of my mind... but when I got the Singer out of its box, I had no idea how to even thread the danged thing.
I've sinced used it a few more times, each time getting a little less intimidated, and learning more about it. :) I know that I will never be as good as my grandmother was, but hey, I have those genes in me, and who knows what I could do with some practice and perseverance, aye? :)