So, after months of watching Freecycle like a hawk... I got a sewing machine today, for free! A 1971 or 1972 Kenmore - made in Japan, definitely all-metal parts, and already in a collapsible sewing table to boot!
I don't have any spools of thread to practice with, but the light works and everything looks to be moving correctly. I'm having a heck of a time finding a users' manual online, but there do appear to be a couple of model-specific "How to" videos online, so that should help.
When he lights his streetlamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower.
When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep.
That is a beautiful occupation.
- Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry