Thx guys for the input.
I got myself a 1971 husqvarna zigzag 1030 yesterday. Very basic, but sturdy and in good nick.
Problem with the Louise Lindgren Summer book is that the cheapest i can get it over here in Europe is 65 dollars + shipping, so that's out of the question.
I really don't like that Jardine fella. I asked him a question a couple of years ago and he right out insulted me. He might have inspired the lightweight backpacking movement and invented a climbing aid, but that's no reason to act all arrogant.
I checked out some youtube vids and that's a good way to go, and as pointed out, you got some nice girl explaining to ya. And the thru-hiker forum is very good too. And of course this place...
Now for a first project, i'd like to make a beanie out of an old icebreaker top, which is a throwaway.