Is there no one in your family of among your friends that has an old machine kicking around that might suit you? Whenever someone at work sees me eyeing machines on a computer I seem to get lot of "hey my mother (or grand mother) has one of those" which is often followed by "I don't think she uses it anymore". Often times these machines are in good working order and only need a superficial clean up and oiling. Keep looking, something will come up.
Don't let life get in the way of living.
IMO you can hardly go wrong with any of the 1950s and 1960s European machines - Necchi, Pfaff, Bernina, Elna, Viking/Husqvarna (not the Eatons Canada Vikings!) - if the price is right and you can justify the purchase on the basis of 'it would be fun to get this running again'.
I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.
"Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn
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