The proper Singer sewing needles arrived last week; they look brilliant (thank you eBay) and I plan to fit one onto the machine today. I was surprised that the needles with my machine weren't Singer ones, but then it would have been a lot harder to find proper needles when this machine was last used.
Also this week, it has been my birthday! This is the crafting section of my presents, I got lots of gorgeous fabric and buttons and bias binding and embellishments and a folder for my patterns and projects, and even a mug with 'sew a little happiness' on it. I am even more excited to get sewing now!