I came across my mother-in-law's old sewing machine when we were cleaning out her apartment to move her to an assisted care facility. She took it with her from The Netherlands in the 1940's when they immigrated. She had bought it used then so I have no idea how old it is. I can't say that I will be doing much sewing on it but it reminds me of how far we have come as far as sewing machines go. I am kind of spoiled with my automatic threader and cutter, etc.,etc.,etc.