So I have my evil nemesis back (my sewing machine), and I guess it's working. The stitches are now even, like they ought to be, but the machine seizes sometimes, and all in all I'm still sort of annoyed with it. To be fair, my old machine also seized sometimes, so maybe I should give my newbie a little more credit.
I guess I'm just anxious because I've never used this machine, so I have no idea what its "normal" is like, and how I can expect it to work. I practiced today on some scrap fabric, and got started on one of my old projects. I'm just not ready to try it out on my new projects and new fabrics yet.
Hopefully I'll get used to it soon!