At last, she's here, my new best friend, named Valerie (the Valkyrie) with the help of Agnieszka at a quilt maybe.
At first she was a little shy, reluctant to come out of her box. But once I got her out and put her in her new home, she soon relaxed.
I had a little play - threading and doing some basic stitches, but due to work commitments, I've hardly had any time to sit down for more than 5 minutes. I need a quiet hour to concentrate and get to know her a little better.
The collection went smoothly yesterday, which please me enourmously. This may seen strange to you, but to drive to a strange town, find the shop, have a lesson in czech, and make it home without incident is a major achievement. I did do 15 circuits of the town of Znojmo because the GPS insisted I go down a one way street every time I came back around, so I abandonded the car and walked in the end! The lady who owns the shop, and gave me my lessons was really nice, and I think I understood everything. I have her e-mail address just in case. And the icing on the cake is that she takes quilting workshops which she has invited me to, when the new year starts in September. I may just get to make some Czech quilting friends.
Anyway, now that I've got my new friend, I'm going to be busy over the next 3 weeks, so I'm not going to get much time for sewing, but I'm sure I can grab some quiet moments first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake! Sorry if I was a bit of a nerd, getting excited over a new sewing machine, but actually it is a BIG DEAL! Thanks for all you support.