Well, I finally got the new sewing machine up and running today. After spending an hour figuring out how to thread it and what the heck a bobbin is used for, I actually hemmed a pair of pants and shortened a shirt today, so I am 2/5ths of the way to considering it mine for FREE, by not going to the tailor for simple hems.
A couple of things I learned today:
1) If you don't put the presser foot down, the machine will go absolutely bonkers chewing up the item being sewn, and not spitting it out until the thread is good and tangled. Even if you don't have any idea what a presser foot is, you get the picture.
2) If you don't pay attention to what you're doing, you will shorten the item being sewn by anywhere from 1"-4.5" along the same seam, even if it's nicely pinned and everything.
On another note, the nice long holiday weekend is over. Back to work tomorrow! Wahhhh!