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Congrats on your new toy. thanks for posting.
She's really pretty. Congatulations on acquiring her.
To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
Nice machine, I love that cabinet. I have two red eyes, one in a 5 drawer and one in a 7 drawer. Both are up and running. I also have another electric Mdl 66 in a cabinet that has the grandmother of all needle rashes. Almost all the paint is gone on the left end of the arm. Right down to the bare metal. The guy I bought it from said there was a large wrap of cloth on it still filled with pins and needles when he got it. At first I was thinking of repainting it, but it sews soooo good I have to fall back on the old addage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
That machine looks like it will clean up really well.
I have 2 older redeye machines. Not so pretty with all the road rash and battle scars. I look at it like this, those machines were used. They were used a lot. It isn't road rash and battle scars. Those dings and scratches are really merit badges of achievement - projects made - whether a baby gown or a wedding dress, I don't know but those machines were used - why not be proud of them.
NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
I think you got a beauty. Every scratch is a badge of honor. I hope your's sews as well as my 1917 Red Eye (my avatar). Congrats!!
"I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"
OK...total novice here....I know with other antiques, when they are "restored", they lose value. Is it the same with sewing machines? Would repainting/restoring the decals lower the value? I loved the lesson on the rash....to me, that would make the connection to the original owner greater and the sentiment even dearer. [Please remember, I said I am a real novice....]