Rejoice! My sewing machine is working again. It's a mystery, because all Greg did was put it back together. Anyway, I managed to finish my project and the table is clear again.
Now we're moving on to try to find pre-algebra, algebra, and biology textbooks for Laurel, preferably at the middle school level. Laurel is learning her multiplication tables at home and is blowing through them like crazy. Greg took it upon himself to start teaching her about chemistry and algebra last week, and she's eating it up. If anybody has any sources for these kinds of things (other than ones that charge $50/book), please let me know!