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I've taken the plunge...

Sooo, I finally decided. I bought the Singer 9960 on amazon.com and got it shipped to a colleague in MTV. I mostly decided on the Singer because the Brother we have at work has some very annoying features that I know I won't be able to stand for very long.

In all, I paid 231 pounds (including tax!), and I saw the same machine being retailed in the UK for about 580. It's just a question of getting it safely to London now.

Speaking of travelling, is anyone up for a meetup in the SF area on January 26 or 27?

I've got some "make" posts lined up but I have forgotten my SD card adapter in London so I can't get them off the camera. The first one will be on why silk is not a good fabric for fitted shirts.

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