Sigrid is an amazing whizz with the sewing machine (see what she did with my Snap Bag pattern!!) and has links to tutorials from all over the internet.
I didn't want to do a post without a picture, so here's the sewing machine I've had since my 16th birthday. It's a simple little thing, but sturdy and reliable, and I'm ridiculously sentimental about it. My little assistant has claimed it as her own lately (hence dodgey sewing on the last tutorial... no time to adjust the new "settings").
When I moved to Ireland in 1998 I packed my industrial machine, my industrial overlocker and this machine in a crate with as much haberdashery and fabric as would fit. When I came home five years later I crated it all up again and shipped it home again.
Who says I'm obsessed?