So yesterday (MLK day), I was at work but my husband decided to go down to the local goodwill (50% off sale for MLK day) in search for a banjo he saw a few days before. The banjo had been sold but being the amazing man that he is he stopped by the craft isle where we had seen an old singer to see if it was still there. He found it, cleverly hidden under and behind tons of holiday decor and gift bags.
He called me and said "the sewing machine is still here. Marked $25 so its $12.50. Should I get it?" To which i replied "of course". Neither of us have any idea about older machines, but its made of metal and has some great decorative markings and a few ornately carved plates so we figured that even if it wasn't worth anything, or worth repairing, it was pretty and would look nice on a shelf with my sewing supplies.
I was so excited to look at it when I got home. The case it is in looks to be from the 70s and is fairly poor condition. It smells like it sat in an attic or a basement for the last decade. It has that musty small of an antique store, its very pretty, and I love it.
I tried to do a little research as it is much older than any of my other machines (the oldest I have is late 60s), and found the serial # (AD362592) which according to the singer registry dates it to 1931, and says there where 15000 made.
It seems to have gone through an upgrade (I assumed that these did not originally come with it..let me know if I'm wrong) at some point and has a power source (motor # 5348129, Catalog B.R.7) and a black plastic singer light both bolted on to it.
The power cord is missing so if anyone can point me in the right direction to find a replacement that would be amazing.
Everything seems to move freely, but it could use a good oiling.
Can anyone give me a little more info on it? Is it worth taking in for repair or should it just receive a place of honor as a display piece?
I've attached some pictures to give you a better idea, but the lighting is really bad.