I have decided to give a sewing machine away! Blame it on the impending snow storm or my blatant good mood. Here is the deal. I will draw a name at random from comments on this post, but I have to get at least ten comments (from different people - come on now, friends!). Please say, I'd like a free sewing machine (or something like that in your post) so I know you want to be in the drawing. If you live in or around Portland I will arrange a time and place to bring it to you. If you live elsewhere and you need it shipped, you will have to pay for that.
The one I have is probably 10 years old, maybe less. The Riccar 1570 is still made although I have not been able to find out how much it would cost to buy it new (it was given to me, so I'm passing that good will on). Also, I have not have it serviced, but I have used it. I would suggest getting it serviced and oiled and all that.
Speaking of oil, I did learn something new today. I took out the first of the two Bernettes and was in the process of checking all the parts and I noticed I had some oil on my hands. When I opened up the little parts case the oil cap from the oil container had not been replaced tight enough at the factory and it had spilled everywhere. Yikes. I called the store where I bought the machines and they suggested to clean it up with Simple Green. Oh, that's easy! I didn't have any but I did have some Trader Zen, which did the trick.
Winners will be announced Friday, January 14th (if I get those ten comments!)