Years ago my late mother in law bought me a sewing machine. I tried to use it, I made curtains with it (very successfully, in one case) and a skirt and that was it. Eventually it got re-cycled to a charity shop. I had started to have problems with it, the tension was wrong and the thread got all tight and kept breaking, the bobbin underneath wouldn’t thread properly and I didn’t have a clue how to use it, correct any problems or even where to start.

Fast forward some 30 years and after a few years of pondering and deliberating I took the plunge and bought myself a new machine. It is a Brother LS14 – very simple, just for beginners, and it arrived while my friend was stopping with me so she could guide me through setting it up and threading it and using it for the first time.

When it arrived I was surprised at how light it was! My old machine was very heavy and perhaps that was partly why I gave up on it. I set it up, and together we managed to fathom out the instructions for threading it up and I set to work on my first project.

I wanted to make a towelling bag to put the dog into when she is wet and muddy, rather than have it all over the boot of my car or in the motorhome. So off I went. I sewed up and down in straight lines, backwards and forwards to stop and start a row of stitches. A couple of jams meant that my tension was wrong so we changed it slightly and no more problems.

I was delighted. The machine is quiet and easy to use. I am looking forward to experimenting more, and I have several other dog related projects (very simple) lined up to have a crack at. I am also thinking about how I can incorporate the machine into my photography. I have several ideas for tactile photos. Not sure if they will work or not so watch this space!