I always shopped thrift stores and the like..so I do the same for yardage...or soon to be yardage
It used to be a sewing machine was a basic household appliance , much like a stove or microwave Now I recogonize I spend a bit of cash on sewing notions and machines and such, but for the average household / aspiring seamstress' having a machine around can save you tons of cash!
I made our own curtains for a fraction of the cost, it was very very simple and easy, I do constant repairs on items normally we would have thrown out and replaced. Ill of course make costumes this year for halloween out of what I have around here with maybe a little this and that from joanns if needed. I serged up kitchen place mats in 20 minutes...the list goes on and on.
I really think a mid grade basic sewing machine and some basic knowledge is to its operation is very very valueable to any family especially a young one just starting out
Ive taught both my daughters, 7 and 9 the basics , I really hope they show interest in the not so basic at some point!
Ok sorry Im a rambling fool sometimes LOL