It's difficult to contemplate just what a successful sale of my sewing machines would be. The more sold (if any sell at all), the more of my favorites gone. There will be holes in my collection that will need filling, and I'm not sure what I'd be looking for to fill the void.
I think that, as working on these machines has become a pleasant hobby, I'll look for SMs that I find fun to work on. This would include the Singer line from the 301 (and Featherweight) through the 400 and 500 series (slant-o-matics). These are those machines that I believe I best know.
I'll bid a fond fair well to those that find new homes, and there will be some satisfaction that I've given them new life and a chance at another fifty years (or so) of practical use.
And I'll certainly have in return, for those that leave the nest, something I treasure almost as much: room! Room for more sewing machines, to be sure, but room for other interests and hobbies. My "office" has become a tangle of cords, cables and cabinets. Sewing machines litter the floor. Something has to give!
And so, this sale is a giving away of something important to me. I'll have shared the fruits of my labor and what talent I have for fixing things. In doing so, new friends will be met and new worlds opened for those just beginning their journey of home-crafted creativity – and of their appreciation of these classic treasures.