So, I was supposed to wrap my gift and put it under the tree...
It seems that I have, instead, decorated it like the tree.
It was just too difficult to cover the beautiful box with paper. What kind of monster would be able to do such a thing? Certainly not someone as in-love with the machine as I am!
I researched a bit before asking for this specific machine. I wanted one of the classic Singers to begin with. I looked at a totally electrically rewired Singer from 1955 (a stunning machine), but lost out on eBay. I thought, at the time, that I needed nothing more out of my machine than a woman in the 1950s got out of hers. I still, more or less, believe that. Simplicity from your machine is key in the beginning, I've been told.
After being an eBay loser--which, I might add, isn't the worst kind of loser to be--I decided to expand my horizons. I continued to look at the vintage and then, one day, I remembered this 160th anniversary machine that I once saw on Amazon. I had thought it was beautiful and remembered thinking that it was superbly designed with a seemingly-simple sleekness.
I slowly began thinking that maybe 160th was the machine for me. One problem: It was way past the introduction of the machine and it is a limited edition machine. The price has skyrocketed since it's birthing. I was remembering a $220.00 price tag from a year before and was slightly surprised to see it going for anywhere between $600-$1,500. Needless to say, I'm not willing to pretend that I'm wealthy enough to throw out that kind of money for a first-timer machine.
I won't say it was that easy, but I found a price much more like my memory price and found a new machine that was made for me (I'm convinced). And, here it is on my 1950s couch. Serendipity.
By the way, I kept the manual and dvd out for bedtime storybook reading. Everything else is in the box and safely stowed not-away for Christmas morning.
Now, the waiting...