In this day and age you do everything possible to save money, up to and including making clothes for your family. I’m not talking about suits for your husband – that sort of stuff is best left to the professionals, but what about a pair of board shorts for the summer, or a flowery dress for the daughter? I eventually realised that a sewing machine could be one of the biggest money savers in the home. So I went out and bought a cheap version and began one of the most rewarding phases in my life. However as is usual when you buy something on the cheap it didn’t last and I was soon left with a useless hunk of junk.

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Imagine my surprise when I found out that the manufacturer was no longer represented in the country and that my warranty was null and void. What now? Well, I was in the market for a new sewing machine, preferably one manufactured by a household name that had built up trust over decades and manufactured quality equipment.

The first step was to find sewing machine reviews of the various models that were available and in order to do that I turned as most people do towards the ever reliable Internet. I found what I was looking for on one of the home economics and home craft forums that are available to both members and non-members. It was only a matter of a few minutes before I was chatting to some very knowledgeable folk about which sewing machine would best suit my needs and the needs of my family. In no time at all I was back making clothes and saving money. I’ve just completed a lovely summer dress for my daughter, based on a pattern sent to me by one of my new forum friends – isn’t the Internet wonderful.

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