We all have those purchases where you hem and haw and debate in your head endlessly over whether you really should buy something that you're not sure you need.
Well, I went to a thrift store today, and found a beautiful sewing machine. It's old, portable, and has all the parts included (even the manual). However it's rusty and in iffy shape, and so it took me a while to decide to take it home.
Of course I relented. For $40 it was worth the chance.Some issues:
1. The company doesn't exist. Or at least, not since the internet has been around because I can't find any information on it, at all. I've found references of "eesco" being an electronics company, and a fabric company, but nothing about sewing machines.
2. How old is it??? The manual has NO INFORMATION about the company (not even the name) or the year. In the back section about ordering new parts, it says to contact the store where you bought it. Nice, huh. It has a serial number but that doesn't do me much good without the company. Made in USA, at least.
3. It doesn't really work. I plugged it in, pressed the foot pedal and it make some horrible noises, and the needle went jerkily up and down a few times. Definitely needs some work, but it has potential! I'm thinking some cleaning up and a good dose of oil will do it a world of good.
My grandfather sews and has several really old machines at his house, so I'm hoping he can help me. If not, I'm having a garage sale soon and could pass it on to someone who has more experience. However I'd really hate to give up this pretty machine.