I've had a sewing machine that has caused me many problems. Probably because it only cost me five dollars. So, after never being able to get the tension right I decided to get a new one with automatic tension. Happy Birthday Mama! I put together a little play dress for Amelia. I didn't use a pattern, measuring, pinning--none of the normal sewing techniques. I just did it to see if I could figure it out on my own. It's a good thing it's just a play dress. She loves it and that's all that matters.