Welcome to the Quilting Board!
One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first
So all this talk about killing one's digits (fingers)with a needle, reminds me of the time I had to X-ray a man that had gotten a machine drill bit lodged into his hand.
A very very long time ago (life before CA and kids), I worked back east as an X-Ray technician in a very busy hospital that specialized in hand trauma. I worked in the emergency x-ray department. Well, one day, this guy who was totally wasted came in with this drill bit in his hand that was the size ~6 inches long and diameter ~1 inch. From what was told to doctor, the patient had been drinking on the job, set his hand down on the machine, and the drill bit went right through his metacarpals (you can google for where they are located in hand).
The x-rays showed no fractures. The doctors that removed the bit from the hand told me that there was no nerve damage. He was one lucky fool.
So, there could be a moral to this story...don't drink and sew!
Your machine is such a cutie. I have a black one, but am always looking out for a white one at a price I can afford. The serial number is under the edge of the machine, and you can go to http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...-database.html and find out exactly when your machine was made, and mark that page, so you can always refer back to it when you find other machines. I enjoy looking at them, and like learning. I mean, I could let you tell me your serial number and me tell you the info, but it will be more fun for you to find out for yourself. I try to always use the "teach a man to fish..." philosophy. I hope you post pictures of your retro sewing room when you get it done.