I was helping my in-laws to clear the bungalow of an relative who was moving into a care home – always a sad and job, to be done quickly and with as little maudling as possible. Nobody else wanted anything and planned to put most in online auctions . I took all the top quality cookware and pans, and all the microwave dishes that she had never used. I also claimed the sewing box and sewing machine which also had never really seen service. I know that crafters are very busy all the time and daytime tv is full of programmes geared to selling new machines and all that. This old hand controlled machine is stunning – I couldn’t bear to think of it going off to the tip. We can shop til we drop but not for works of art such as this old sewing machine – if only it had been a treadle operated one!