I have new carpet! Our house was a rental before we owned it and the tenants did a number on it. Spots on walls that won't come off, cupboard and drawer fronts hanging off, but the worst was the living room and stair carpet. We had steam cleaned, but there were still giant stains that would not come out (of course, the upshot of that is we got the house cheap and already owe less than it appraises at). My parents-in-law most kindly replaced the carpet in our living room, the main half flight of stairs, and the upstairs hallway. It is now a beautiful silver/gray color and is extremely comfy to the feets.
A sewing update later today, though...I promise. :-)