With help (and enabling) from her husband, Michelle "rescues" homeless sewing machines. She cleans and fixes up the machines, and her husband works his magic on the cases or cabinets. (Michelle, correct me if I'm wrong.) These wonderful machines are then displayed in her home instead of being hidden away.
Michelle has many really nice machines, but recently, she picked up a real beauty (for a picture of a similar one scroll toward the bottom of the article). Then, she found out that Sin*ger is providing certificates for machines made pre-1970. Seems like a good thing to have some history to go with these older machines, right?
So, here is the Sin*ger that I bought at a yard sale approximately 33 years ago. At the time, I thought the price was steep (twenty dollars), but I knew the woman selling the machine. It had just been serviced (receipt showing she had just paid $35 for the cleaning and oiling!) and the owner assured me it worked. It did, and still does. Sews perfectly.
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Oh, the machine is so old that there is no reverse.
The underside of the machine.
The part of the wooden case has almost a woven grass/cloth fiber type covering. The covering is fraying along the edges, but the rest of the case is in excellent condition.
I didn't need another sewing machine, but I fell in love.