Thanks everyone for your advice on what machine to buy. I decided to stay with the same brand as my old one. Janome were having a big sale so I got it for a very good price.
Hopefully I will be able to get back into the sewing inbetween doing the household chores and sorting out the front room.........I know I know I still haven't cleared it since I posted about it months ago. I have been slack and was just enjoying being back in the house and decorating but now it's time to get back to more renovating.
Here are a few things I have been working on with my new machine. A name cushion for a friend.
And this cute little monkey which is made from a pair of socks. I found it at this very talented lady's blog here and decided to have a go and make some for my kids. All she needs is eyes and a mouth and she is done. Then I have to make one for my son and my neighbours kids have put an order in too so I'll be sock monkeying for a few days.