Before we were married, my husband gave me a Singer Featherweight as a gift. He knew nothing about sewing machines, but did his research and found this Singer Centennial 1951 machine that was in excellent condition. I knew then that I should keep him around.
Even though the Featherweight is a gorgeous machine and it stitches beautifully, I don't use it very often because it doesn't go fast enough for me. So, it spends much of its time in a closet.
Every so often I need to make a ruffle. I know you can make ruffles without a handy-dandy ruffle-making tool, but why do it the hard way when the Featherweight has a ruffler attachment? This archaic looking contraption makes ruffles in short time. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies.
P.S. Did you know that you can check the birthday of your old Singer machine? Find the serial number that is stamped on the machine. Then you can check it up against Singer's records. Sometimes you can even find out where your machine was made. I once repaired a machine for someone that threaded what seemed "backwards" to me. When I looked up the serial number I learned the machine had been made in Scotland. Perhaps threading machines is like driving in the UK, the opposite of what I am used to?