My friend's mom gave me her old Pfaff sewing machine from the 80's. It just needed a little bit of oil, and it works great.
Now the pandora's box is open. I started out simple - just a new hammock (about 10' long this time, just in time for MAHHA) and stuff sack. The stitching isn't amazing, but it's way better than my last attempt (on another friend's machine). Then some quick and dirty wrist warmers. I'm having quite a bit of trouble with silnylon (maybe a little too ambitious at this point), but I suppose eventually I'll have a new tarp.
I had some extra amsteel, so a made another pair of whoopie slings, then some continuous loops and soft shackles (for no specific purpose). Now I have to order more of that.
Meanwhile, papers go ungraded
I have a feeling I might be past saving, and the only thing I have to look forward to now is an empty bank account and a lot of late, frustrating evenings, full of colorful language. I suppose I can use extra gear to try and convert some friends...