Ok, I stole this picture (since I'm too lazy to charge up the battery on our digital camera) from someone on eBay selling this model, USED, for... $250!!! I paid only 50 smackaroos! It has 30 flippin' stitches!
Yeah. This dude clearly didn't know it's true value. New, it's like $400. I handed that money over like I was buying Freedom From Adult Female Acne. I mean, as long as it works this might the deal of the year. Along with the $100 brand new Frigidaire microhood.
Now if I can just figure out how to use it.
The manual was not in the box; I can pay like $15 online for one but that seems like highway robbery. But they may have be my the Proverbial Balls since I don't seem to see it anywhere online for free or cheaper. Too bad my seamstress grandmother is all the way over in Italy. I could use her sage advice right now. She'd probably be all: "Ai fatto bene!" (you did well) with my Italian-made sewing machine purchase.
It's really cute too! You know that matters, right? I was so relieved that it wasn't all fugly.
And - in case you are wondering - Sewing Machine Dude is not a divorcee nor a widower (thank God). Just a husband trying to clear out his garage. He has his little one with him when I met him to pick it up - though he (she?) stayed in the truck so I never got to see him/her. Amy was definitely right to hold out for one on Craigslist. Looks like I got a great Italian-made machine for less than one of those Brother models, which, from what Google tells me, are not all that great.
In case you are also a Craigslist hunter, you can set up RSS feeds through Google Reader to get the updates right away. If you do a search via the site and then go down to the lower right-hand corner of Craigslist where it has the "RSS" logo, you can right click and say "Copy Link Location" and then in Google Reader add it as a subscription (example of copied RSS link: http://sandiego.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=sewing+machine&minAsk=min&maxAsk=max&format=rss). Then you can beat all those fanatical Sewing Machine Trolls trying to steak your good deal!
Also - thanks for all your backplash opinions. I think I am going to go all white after hearing from y'all [channeling my inner southerner]. I love the green color but, I can always add decor with some color punch like Girly Stuff mentioned. It'll be easier and cheaper, too! If I can save a buck, I am there. And, thanks, Steve! Whoever you are!