Martina has been wanting to learn how to sew. This, coupled with my fondness for vintage pieces, led to this purchase from a yard sale:
It's a Singer 257, and it is heavy- I think I pulled a muscle putting it in the car! The operating manual and accessories which usually come with a machine (screw driver, feet, extra needles, cleaning tool, etc) were not available. The machine only came with the carrying case and foot peddle, so I was able to talk them down from $50 to $35 . I gave it a good cleaning inside and out, oiled it and played around with the tension. She's ready to go.
The machine matches Martina's room (which, I must admit, did have somewhat of an influence when I made the decision to buy it). Now to find space for it.