Got new sewing machine off freecycle, very excited, impending new hobby, got pattern for patchwork cushion off web, material off ebay - first hiccup - bobbin case missing - no worries, found web site selling parts for my machine and £9.50 3 days later set off excitedly to my den to make wonderful things - NOT! Remember sewing lesson at school (many moons ago) thread machine thread snaps, try again, again, change tension, try again, alter knobs (no real clue what they do! thread snaps, get both daughters in to look, they remeber less than I do! Perhaps my schooling wasnt that bad. Dreams of lovely soft furnishings from treasured finds of fabric vanishing - shut door on den - 2 daughters flew to tenerife for 6 months, house tidy, laundry done, hobby needed, back to the sewing machine - does anybody know how these bloomin things work!