I put this here because I'm going to use this to make DIY gear, not because it is self-made gear. I was at my neighbor's tonight and saw a sewing machine sitting in the corner of the basement. I said, if you ever want to sell that machine, I'll buy it if it works. He said his wife was going to donate it to Salvation Army and if I wanted it, I could have it. He said it works great, but she's doing custom work and bought a Bernina. So I came home with a Singer Fashion Mate 257! Went to Walmart and got some extra needles, bobbins, a small organizer and tan, brown, green and black thread. Let's see what I can do with this baby.