I have a wonderful Singer that belonged to my Grandmother (photo when I can get one) - it's a proper vintage one, black with gold decor with a wonderful cast iron foot "pedal" and it's housed in a wooden box so looks like a cabinet.
I also have my Mum's machine from the early 80's, however the last time I got it out to use the foot pedal started to smoke when I switched it on - sooooo not good, eeeek - so that's another one that needs looking at (oh dear).
I then have the machine I use, from Hubby's late aunt, an extremely heavy machine (seriously, it weighs a TONNE), but a very good machine, from the 70's (I think), though sadly it's limited to just the one stitch, from Jones.
It also still has its original paperwork - instruction booklet, guarantee, a very comprehensive parts list
and "helpful tips for the housewife" - with 'ahem' delightful illustrations ...
This is the one that has died on me, I don't know what's wrong with it, but it just won't sew properly anymore! Luckily we have a sewing machine repairers shop in Leicester so hopefully they'll be able to service or recondition it.
However, it got me thinking that perhaps for small projects a small, lightweight machine might not go amiss? With my birthday coming up next month Hubby's pleased it may be an "easy" gift :)
I'm liking the John Lewis mini - small, lightweight, with plenty of stitches, and oh so cute...
... it's also purse-friendly :)
We'll see, I'm off to try some at the weekend; I'll let you know how I get on. x