I've been wanting a sewing machine for a while now but a great deal came along at Overstock on Black Friday so I got a Christmas present early! I'm not going to have much time to mess with it until after Christmas but I'm excited. I want to be more self-sufficient. I want to be able to take cute vintage fabric and make simple skirts and drapes out of them. I want to use it in my quest to recycle more. I want to cut down on the "processing" of the clothes I buy. The less ingredients and processes that are done to my outfits, the more I can control what I buy. I may not be able to be completely sure that children in some distant country didn't make some part of my outfit but I can cut down on it by simplifying things.