This is a lovely machine and there's a non-identical twin hiding in my bedside table. I bought the first one just because of its cabinet and I've yet to plug it in and try it. It's a Domestic, built by White for about 20 years. I always liked the industrial look of these and I hope they have industrial strength. My Janome definitely does not.
I bought the second one because I wanted to learn how to thread the first one. The second one came with a manual. I realize that I could have googled it and found the same information, but for $25 I now own a hardcopy of the manual and another machine. Beth and I played with it this week, but there seem to be some tension issues. That's a bit frustrating because Beth is just learning. I'll have to give up my bedside table one day in order to test its twin and do some more experimenting with the controls.
Today we powered up this baby.
This machine fell into my hands as a friend's mother downsized. I didn't know how lucky I was at the time. I thought I was just doing them a favour by taking it away.
I am in love. It may just become my straight stitch machine from now on. It's got power and strength, and it's quiet. Noise bothers me so that's a very good trait. I have no idea how old it is because Singer made this model for about 20 years. They were not always able to backstitch, but my model does.
However, my Janome is still assured a spot in the family because of the Singer's lack of zigzagging skills. There's no way I'm reverted to handstitching buttonholes.