1951 Singer 301
This is a fabulous sewing machine and I really enjoy working with it. It only does a straight stitch so I sprung for some attachments (zig-zag, buttonhole and walking foot) on ebay and the machine has proved worthy of any job i throw at it. The machine runs with gears instead of a belt which is supposed to make it slightly more powerful. I have yet to find a project that is beyond the capability of this machine. I also love the simplicity and duribility of these old machines and the thought that I can figure out what is wrong with it on my own with a little work. It folds up and fits in a carying case like the Singer Featherweight but the 301s cost a lot less, usually in the $200 ballpark (and mine was free!).