I woke up to a private message from someone offering to try and get the part for my machine in America. I was feeling so bad this morning and all of a sudden the world seems a brighter place. Isn't it great to know that there are such marvelous people out there!!!!!!! I bought the machine a few months before Singer gave up the ghost and they didn't even bring it out in UK. I hope that wonderful man is having an easy time with his quit because he deserves it.