I found an old Singer Fashion Mate 257 at a consignment store yesterday. It was only $9.25 and just needed to be cleaned up. It is all metal with a plastic carrying case. It had a box with a small amount of feet and no extra bobbins and no instruction book. Problem is, I can't find a serial number so I can ordMGer a book. I did find a small sticker that says, "Singer Company Made in Italy". The motor has a sticker that says it was made in France. I looked under the machine and found numbers on the belts, numbers on the long metal bars that move (I am sorry but I don't know the names of the different parts) and there is a number engraved on the base of the machine itself. It looks like MG (some kind of figure not letter or number) 85398. The foot pedal says it was made in France in l0-72.
What do I have here? Am I missing the serial number?