I bought a *new* sewing machine on eBay a few weeks ago. I use the term "new" loosely because I think the machine is from the 60's. But, it was only $18 and shipping to my S.O.'s house was only $10. I dripped a few drops of sewing machine oil on every moving part and viola it works like a charm! I'm so pleased!
It's a good thing that it works so well because I packed a large duffel sack full of projects for my two week stay with S.O., including material for several sewing projects. Here's a photo of the first of F.O.'s made with the new machine. Now I'm off to make myself a sundress using fabric with smocking already sewn in that I found at Joann yesterday.