I like old sewing machines. I have 3 (well, 4 if you count the one living at my parents... 5 if you count my overlocker... *coughs6coughs* if you count the modern machine my cute husband gave me).
I have a particular love for the older Viking/Husqvarna models. My first machine was a Viking Husqvarna, and one of the first that I learned to sew on was as well. I can't be sure if the first machine I actually sewed on was my mom's Viking or my grandma's Bernina (maybe they remember, but I sure can't). Anyhow, I'm blabbering...
I've had my eye out for my dream machine, but the only ones that I've found have been 200€ and as much as I love these machines, that's too much! In my searches, I've stumbled upon some interesting ones. My favorite was the one that advertised it was stuck in reverse, but that wouldn't be a problem since you could just sit on the backside of the machine and sew from there. I think it was pretty obvious that person hadn't had much experience sewing things.
My latest acquisition is this Husqvarna 6020, which was made sometime in the early to mid 70s.
She needed some love. So, in true husbandly fashion, the first thing that happened to her when I walked through the door was this:
This machine has nifty little cams that you poke into the back and then turn the knobs to the corresponding colors to get the patterns. The reverse button was sticking a little bit, and that was causing the pattern formers to not work as they should, so Martijn did his magic and got that taken care of. We also had a very blown up capacitor during this process, but that's fixed now too.
One of the best parts though, is in the case of this machine there was a slightly battered old envelope.
I want to make the little frog, I think he's hilarious.