I'd seen them before at sew-ins for the Quilt Guild, but pricing at that time was out of my range. Someone had one at Quilt Camp in November, and I fell in love all over again.
Read more about them at Cheeky Congiscenti's blog post.
I learned to sew on a portable Singer Genie. And I remember "running" [no thread] Great Gramma's old Singer Treadle when I was a kid. It's been a long time since I had a Singer in my care.
With a new needle, new thread (including a newly wound bobbin), oil and lube, it sews like a dream! Yahoo! You gotta love these purely mechanical sewing machines. With a little care and maintenance, they will sew for many years. I don't have that same confidence in my newer computerized machines. Although I do appreciate what they do for me here and now!
It's also neat that Singer provides a database so that you can date your particular machine by the serial number. You also can tell what factory it came from. Kind of like having a birth certificate, but not. This one is dated at 1941.
I got my copy from my local public library, but you could certainly purchase a copy, too.
I have a couple of jobs in mind for my new baby, too!