So when I started to sew, maybe age 6, I was all about the machine. I didn't want to do anything by 'hand'.
Sewing by hand was for babies. Hand is a four letter word. It is to be avoided, until all else fails. To this day, I will spend hours trying to figure out how to do something by the machine, when if I had done it by hand it would be finished. I am all about finding the tools that help me.
When I was first married (26 years ago) we didn't have much money. The sewing machine I had did one stitch. A straight stitch. I wanted a machine that did button holes so bad! I hated doing them by hand. They never looked as nice or as finished as one done by machine. But alas, we could not afford a new machine, especially since there was nothing wrong with the one I had.
But one day my husband came home with a new tool. It was a micrometer that he bought second hand at a pawn shop for $60.00. Now 26 years ago, that was a hefty amount of money to plunk down on a tool that he already had one of. But his explanation was that it read inside diameters vs outside diameters.
Pishhh. To me a micrometer is a micrometer. He had one. He said "It's a tool, I need it."
So after some quiet stewing, I found and bought a button h*** attachment for my straight stitch machine. And when he came home that day, I showed him -my- tool. And all he said was, "If you are going to do a job right you have to have the right tools for the job. If you can find the tool, get it."
Needless to say, I have found many a tool for my sewing and he is great with it! Now, if I just had the time to become an expert on them all.