I seem to have lost rabbitquitter's comment, but both she and sweet blondie blue eyes recommend David Drummond on 0131 3131002 and I wish I had seen that first as I really respect both of their opinions.
As it was I have ordered a Brother LS14
I took the picture from Amazon but I actually ordered it from Hobbycraft with a 15% discount off my first order, so it cost £58.65 with free delivery. It seems like a lot of money to me. So I will do the curtains when that arrives, then it will be time to get it to earn its keep.
I had a brief look through patterns on ebay (I would normally only buy a pattern in a fabric shop) and I managed to depress myself thoroughly. I never wear skirts. I am not sure how a poncho would be viewed n the school yard at pick up and drop off time. I am really not sure about the tops as I have a ahem fuller figure and I would need to do a lot of fiddling with darts. I prefer jeans and I am not sure how well I would do at trousers. As for fancy frocks, I never go anywhere and I am quite happy with that.
I am sure I will work something out. DH is very happy for me to have a go at things, so it should be good. My first project may well be a tablecloth which in the past I have sewn the hem by hand but it is bound to be easier with a machine. After that I may look for courses. It would be very healthy for me to get out.
I think I shall look at this as a good opportunity.