BSM Hand Crank sewing machine - several pictures
Found this hand crank sewing machine at a small antique store. Thought it was pretty when I first saw it. Case actually has more markings than I first remembered. They are asking $39. I offered $25. They said they would do $32. I am thinking on it - because I really wasn't looking for a handcrank. No manual, looks like a Singer 28. Seems in good condition. Has 1 bobbin and the bobbin shuttle. Having not looked into many machines with a vibrating shuttle, I don't really know anything about them (other than the bobbin doesn't hold much thread).
Then tension assembly looks very simple. Doesn't seem like there is much to go wrong with a machine like this. Needs a bobbin cover (easy peasy). Can one buy additional bobbins (the long kind)?
Do machines like this make a good stitch? Thinking if I do get it, I would use it for piecing. This one happens to have a reverse on it as well. Also, is it hard to get the right tension for sewing? It wouldn't seem like it, as there doesn't seem to be much to tinker with - but have never sewn on such a machine. Hand crank moves freely, shuttle goes back and forth.