An example of the Singer 191 sewing machine I bought second hand in Paris in 1985 for 750 francs, which was worth $ 75 at the time. I was lucky it turned out to be a FAST, industrial-strength machine. I have sewn hundreds of garments on it, replaced the back-mounted motor once, and I still love this machine. The straight stitch is impeccable -- and if a machine can't do an impeccable straight stitch, why bother? I use haute couture techniques for finishing fine garments.

An example of the Singer 191 sewing machine I bought second hand in Paris in 1985 for 750 francs, which was worth $ 75 at the time. I was lucky it turned out to be a FAST, industrial-strength machine. I have sewn hundreds of garments on it, replaced the back-mounted motor once, and I still love this machine. The straight stitch is impeccable -- and if a machine can't do an impeccable straight stitch, why bother? I use haute couture techniques for finishing fine garments.

Vintage Red Sewmaster Sewing Machine by bellalulu on Etsy, $62.00

Vintage Red Sewmaster Sewing Machine

Vintage Red Sewmaster Sewing Machine by bellalulu on Etsy, $62.00

1950's child's pink little lady sewing machine. Oh, how toys have changed...

1950's child's pink little lady sewing machine. Oh, how toys have changed...

The Elna 5300 Sewing Machine has four "direct select" buttons for common sewing procedures so you don't have to numerically scroll through stitch options.

Elna 5300 Sewing Machine

The Elna 5300 Sewing Machine has four "direct select" buttons for common sewing procedures so you don't have to numerically scroll through stitch options.

ELNA SU AIR ELECTRONIC SEWING MACHINE, similar to the machine I used from 1984-2012.

ELNA SU AIR ELECTRONIC SEWING MACHINE, similar to the machine I used from 1984-2012.

The Elna "Grasshopper" (a.k.a. the Model 1) is a curious-looking machine, the first consumer free-arm machines ever made. The rather military-looking case folds open to become a large extension table. The knee-controller is integral to the machine, and folds neatly out of the way for storage. The handwheel is at bottom. Like the Necchis and Singer 201s, this machine makes a gorgeous stitch, runs very quietly, and is strong. Indeed, it is one of only two consumer machines with a true low…

The Elna "Grasshopper" (a.k.a. the Model 1) is a curious-looking machine, the first consumer free-arm machines ever made. The rather military-looking case folds open to become a large extension table. The knee-controller is integral to the machine, and folds neatly out of the way for storage. The handwheel is at bottom. Like the Necchis and Singer 201s, this machine makes a gorgeous stitch, runs very quietly, and is strong. Indeed, it is one of only two consumer machines with a true low…

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