I love the sewing bee and have watched from the first series and am so happy its back on, I do find it inspiring, I wish they'd do some non dressmaking sewing too, or encourage the competitors to embelish an existing garment, they have all these fancy machines and I think they can all do embroidery.
I don't know if you can get left handed sewing machines, but theres no reason why not although they maybe more expensive, I got mine for £50 in Lidl and its a really good basic machine, only trouble is it works for everyone but me. For everyone else it sews perfectly but I get nests of thread underneath even when I'm sewing on the same bit of cloth and haven't tampered with it, I've come to the conclusion thats its just spiteful.
I think you should give it a go, you might really enjoy it.
Clocky, I think modern consumerist society makes us think that we've got to have input all the time and that the way to happiness is shopping and shopping for relationships too, everythings got to be perfect and shiney, but real lifes not like that. I think we need output, to make and create to be truely happy and contented, it dosen't mean its all got to be about making money, another lie we get fed, 'make a living from your hobby', yeah right then it stops being something you enjoy and find relaxing and starts being a chore and a cause of stress. I love to cook, but I watch masterchef and think that restaurant cooking would put me off for life, I have cooked professionally and having lots of people praising my food was good, but no way would I want to do restaurant style. I find creating whether its cooking, sewing or gardening good for my soul, its meditative, my brain relaxes whilst my hands and eyes are occupied, apart from when I get a "brilliant idea" for a new project just as I'm dropping off to sleep, then I want to leap out of bed and start on it straight away, even though I've got unfinished stuff and don't have the materials to do the new project.