I just wondered... because now we've got 4 "new" vintage sewing machines in the house in the space of 4 weeks!
First we bought a Rocketeer for my daughter because she always wanted one. I had a lot of fun cleaning her up and test sewing with the cams! She's sitting in the kitchen waiting to move to North Carolina.
Then my DH could see how excited I was with the Rocketeer, so he told me to buy a vintage machine of my own. After a lot of great advice from the folks here about simple straight stitch machines good for FMQ, I got my own beautiful Singer 301A - a black one with a short bed. I had a lot of fun cleaning her up too and she sews beautifully! I am SO THRILLED with her and named her Ginger, because she is like Ginger Rogers: classy and dances beautifully! Thank you all for helping me make the decision! I'm already halfway into a quilt and I have to say it is WAY MORE FUN to sew with a good vintage machine like Ginger!
Then my DH saw how much fun I was having cleaning up these old machines, so he picked up a Singer 15-91 in a cabinet on Craig's List for himself, so he could try a little refurbishing too.
Today the 4th one came home. My SIL was at an estate sale and spotted a machine she had never seen before... she came over, nabbed me and we hightailed it back to the sale. It was a Necchi Supernova in a cabinet for only $10! I had read about that machine here on the QB too.
Oh dear. This could get addictive.