With part of the money she received for a graduation gift, Ri bought her own sewing machine. I'm so proud of her. She remembered the man at the sewing machine shop talking about this particular machine the last time I was in to buy a special foot. Since she has become very interested in sewing lately she decided that buying her own machine would be a very practical use for her money. She still plans on buying a camera later on, and has already figured how much more she will need to save. She's very good at saving money. At any rate, she researched this particular machine, looking it up with Consumer Reports and checking personal reviews. Finally, we went to the store for a demonstration, making sure to ask about the thickness of fabric it could easily manage. Consumer Reports rated it as the best machine for the money, and we were impressed with the eight layers of mid-weight denim the machine easily went through. She also went ahead and bought an extra pack of bobbins and some extra needles. After that she asked us to take her to Walmart so she could buy a lamp similar to the one her dad insisted I buy to sit on my sewing table. She was tickled pink to set her machine up and get going on a project (you can see it to the right of her machine) for one of the little girls in our church. Her father and I plan on buying a desk for her next month, but for now we've just moved one of the other machines so she could start enjoying herself.