Story first. I had an appointment to pick up the sewing machine at 11:30 am on Friday. The seller then called me to say could I make it earlier? OK, so I agreed to meet her at 9:00am. That meant that I had a real short road trip time frame. I had to leave at 7:30am, drive to pick up DD (AKA chief enabler) then cross the bridge to Gig Harbor. Thank goodness for GPS on DD's cell phone. Joyce the Voice gave us great directions and ETA. We arrive on time, go up and ring the doorbell. NOTHING! Not even a dog barking to welcome us. UH OH, what now. We wait 25 minutes and I send the seller a text message that we were here at the appoinment time and must leave as I cannot leave my mother unattended in bed (hubby is home but is unable to get mother up). I have to leave and give the seller my DD's cell phone number as a contact. Ten minutes later DD receives a call from the seller. She was home but was blow drying her hair and did not hear the doorbell or her cell phone!!! OK. DD agrees to meet seller at 3:00pm. Done. Arrives at 3:00pm, seller not home, AGAIN???? No NO NO! DD asks what should she do? Well, wait a few minutes. Which she does. Nothing, no call, no seller. So DD decides to leave and run over to Walmart and get a screwdriver to remove the sewing machine head from the cabinet ( I took one but it was in my truck, not her truck). Halfway to Walmart DD receives a call that the seller was 3 minutes away from her house. OK DD turns around and FINALLY arrives to pick up the sewing machine. But, I had to wait one more day to see and inspect my new girl in the house.
It appears that someone had attempted to refinish the cabinet at an earlier time. The front middle drawer and right side drawer pices are missing but I will be able to restore them using the left side as patterns. The machine is in fairly good condition and everything still moves freely. If I had been able to pick up the machine I may have done some dickering on price. Oh well, I really wanted a Davis Verticle Feed and would likely have paid the asking price if the seller did not want to come down.
The instruction manual is in very fragile condition and missing the cover and page 1 and 2. But she has a full drawer of attachments and even a needle. Also in one of the drawers was a 1954 paid utility bill with a name and address in Cashmere, WA. I may even find the name of the original owner and give my new girl a history. Genealogy is another one of my hobbies.