My DH picked up this machine at an estate sale for $30. I have the Fashion Mate 237 and I really like it. I can't find much info on the internet about the 257. I do need a spool pin for it but other than that I think all needed parts are in tact. The case is in very nice shape. The top lid appears to be plastic but the machine is heavy and all internal parts appear to be metal. Does anyone have any opinions concerning this machine.