I travelled my usual route upon entering. I usually save the clothing for last if I am not looking for anything in particular. I missed her on the way in, I was already scoping out the jewelry:
no jewelry, on to crafting supplies,
nothing at all! on to men's belts,
no belts, on to women's shoes, purses and belts, 15 minute closing warning!
nope, on to do a quick scan of the clothing,
nothing there either,
I start heading to the door and it is then that I see her ... under a table, with a box of junk on top of her ... she's in her case,
the case seems in good shape ... I tentatively remove the top, fully expecting a musty smell but instead I was rewarded with this!
A Baycrest Double Duty
And this is what I paid for her:
She has been WELL taken care of. Just look at the shine:
See the reflection of the chair behind:
There is no bobbin case but a turn of the hand wheel produces a smoooooooooooth motion.
Some research has let me to believe she is a New Home 444 produced in the
80's (perhaps 60's, that is what I originally thought). She can do a straight and zig zag stitch and she weighs 45lbs! I will use her as a portable, holiday machine as well as a whatever I want her to do; I'm sure she'll oblige. The only insulting thing is that the cheapest manual I can find is going to cost me $10 plus my printing costs. More than the cost of this beautiful, french mint green hunk of Canadian steel!
ETA: Does anyone know how to date a New Home (or Janome) sewing machine?