Anyways, this morning as I went to the grocery store, my attention was caught by the thrift store a few doors down. While I prefer the Flea Markets to antique or thrift shoppes, something made me go in. I headed straight for the collectibles corner, and walked right up to this little guy.
I have longed for a Singer Featherweight for some time. But after talking to a few friends, I knew it wouldn't be for me anytime soon with their $1000 price tags. But sitting there full of cobwebs, dust, and debris, the treadle not moving, and slide plate missing was this 1924 Singer. I moved him from his perch in the corner, removed the old wood case and started to see what was there. I don't know a lot about sewing machines, but I found the original box with extra feet, bobbins and parts, and 3 receipts the most recent dated 1944 were all tucked in a side niche. On the arm is a piece of worn wool the previous owner had hand stitched into place and used to hold her pins. The case was in tact though in need of cleaning. For $19.50 I had to bring it home. Even if it sat until I could have it looked at, I knew it was a deal. After I put the groceries away I got online and found lots of useful information. After about an hour of poking and cleaning, reading and more, I apprehensively plugged the cord in. I tried the light and couldn't believe it came on! I literally laughed out loud, as happy as could be. Next I tried the foot pedal, and low and behold it works! She purrs like a kitten.
Especially in these trying times, I think before I spend. But I'm smart enough to know this is the best $19.50 I've spent in a long time!