If you have a freecycle in your area, you might try there, too. In the last year I've gotten 6 sewing machines off freecyle --some had issues but the other half was fine. I just received one 2 days ago and the owner said she couldn't use it anymore. I spent no more than 30 minutes tinkering with it and it now works great. Oh, the ones that had issues, I freecycled with a description of the problem and those willing to give it a go took their chances with them.