Look what I found . . . a 1960s Singer sewing machine in a pretty shade of blue!
This classic machine had been very well kept, so a little oil and a quick dusting was all it needed to ready it for a small sewing project. Doesn't it looks right at home in my studio's sewing area?
As a test, I used it to sew up a couple of kitchen towels out of a vintage tablecloth with issues. When I find a less-than-perfect old textile with a pretty design like this one, I work around its flaws (holes, stains, etc.) and turn it into dinner napkins, tea towels, embroidery hoop swatch portraits and more.
I embellished these towels with two types of vintage trim. I'm happy to report that my new Singer handled sewing through bulky layers with ease, much better than my other machine that dates back to the 1980s.
My new (old) Singer is a bells-and-whistles-free, bare bones, straight-stitch only, low-tech workhorse of a machine.