She has had her tortures also. My oldest and most quiz-able son, decided one day to cut the electrical cord on the machine, just because he want to see how it worked. I took the cords to my dad, who was able to put a new electrical cord on it for me. She has also been a world traveler over the years, she has been in Montana, Idaho, Germany, and now in Maryland as we moved with the Military.
Over the last several months, I have been doing research on the internet to find her some new feet and a instruction book. I finally found a site that sells copies of sewing machine instruction books called Relics. They had the manual I needed. Then I found out she was a low shank machine and finally bought her the feet that she should be using for her projects. I'm so happy with her now. I think I will start using her a little more, for piecing my quilt tops and when I go to shows. She is smaller and easier to carry.
What was your first Machine, and do you still have it?