Etsy is an enemy to my wallet. XD
I totally agree with UniqueAngleStar about Simplicity and Butterick (not Butterkick lol), however, my mom (who makes my clothes and costumes) says Simplicity is the best and the easiest, more so than Butterick.
ALSO! My mom informed me that for sewing machines Brothers, Kenmore and, of course, Singer. She payed a little over $200 for her Kenmore at Sears and it's pretty big...she's also had it since I was a little kid. A Brothers sewing machine "can be about $159+." Finally the Singer machine, "for a good one, expect to pay $3-500."
[color="DarkOrange"]"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things... hey... the good things don't always soften the bad things; but vice-versa the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant." -11th Doctor
"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody whoâ€™ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If youâ€™re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find thatâ€™s almost never the case." - Chuck Close[/color]