So... Brian and I made a most awesome thrift store find this week. An apparently fully functional, in cabinet, OLD Singer sewing machine. For $30! SOLD! My "new" machine was made sometime in early 1910! It had an electric motor added at some point (possibly the 40's from what we've been able to find out), but the wiring is in such bad shape you couldn't pay me to plug it in.
While online trying to find more out about it, I came across a twin, fully restored, functional twin. On eBay, but the seller was here on Long Island. A few emails later, and Brian and I drove out the North Fork and brought home the twin. I now know someone who fixes them as a hobby, is a wealth of information, and REALLY helpful. She also had the treadle base for the machine (the wood cabinet was severely damaged), and sold us that for a song. All I need to do is build a top for it and I will have a treadle machine too! I am truly spoiled!
In return, Brian got a stop at his favourite pie place in the world. That particular pie was peach, and so fresh we were warned to lift the lid once we got it in the car. :) Two other frozen ones also came home with us!