I got this machine today from my mother-in-law. It belonged to my husband's great-grandma. None of the immediate family sew, so they gave it to me. (They truly treat me like their own. I am lucky to have married into this family! Well, no, not lucky- smart. LOL!)
I work at a quilt store that is just a block from my house so I brought it over to show the girls and one of our regulars was there and was able to get it threaded, bobbin wound and stitching for me. But no one knows what model this is. We know it's not a Featherweight, but that's about it.
The Singer website used to have a page where you could locate your model number and find out what kind of machine it was, but it seems to be a new website and when I put my model number in the search function it says "Not found". The model number is AF685648.
It has a kinda pretty wooden carrying case with a key/keyhole on the side that allows you to lift and remove the domed cover.
The only way I can see to "make it go" is with the silver colored (aluminum?) L-shaped thing that goes into a little hole in the front of the wood base, which you then push to the side- kind of like a knee pedal, but it's to short to use with your knee... unless you were sewing on a coffee table maybe? I would prefer a foot pedal if they are out there... otherwise will try to get hubby to rig something up to make this silver thing longer. I imagine the silver thing was added somewhere along the way because it has no age marks or discoloration.
There are two plates that slide out, one to the front and one to the back, that allow you to change the bobbin. The bobbin is unusual- it's like a pin, kind of (it's long)- and goes into a little housing that looks kind of like a bullet. That housing moves in a kind of half circle motion when you sew. (Is this a shuttle?) I would like to get a manual and some more bobbins so I can use this baby! Also, I am wondering about adjusting tension and stuff.
Can anyone help me out? I did try the phone number on the Singer website but it doesn't go through- gives me a busy signal every time I call.