15 years ago when my daughter was a baby, I got a Brother PE-770 embroidery machine so that I could put her monogram and initials onto things.

This spiraled into making things for my friends' babies, learning to do appliques, making my own designs, and launching an Etsy shop and embroidery business.

My kids and their little friends eventually got older and outgrew such things, and I was burned out from doing so much custom embroidery. I closed that shop and moved on to crochet/knitting.

I still have my trusty embroidery machine though, and use it to make gifts for friends and family and quirky dish towels to sell at markets.

This weekend while I was sewing, the metal foot suddenly broke in half! My machine is discontinued, but I was able to order a replacement foot. It lives to sew another day!