I love my machine. It's heavy and durable and has withstood the test of time. It's reliable and easy to thread and to use. All of the parts are metal. No plastic, easy-peasy-to-break parts! Even the bobbins are metal. Yes, it makes it harder to transport to crops (that's where my lovely friend Lexi gets asked to bring her newer, lighter model). ;-) but those times are few and far between so I really don't mind.
Elsie's shop easily peels off, but I like it 'cause it's just fun and whimsical and makes me smile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vh4Evjl9CE of the same machine-and the producer of this video was nice enough to elaborate a bit on the machine. Yay me!)
Here's when Grams purchased the machine. Love that I have a bit of her handwriting and that she took the time to write out a few details. Grams was awesome about that!
Off to put more J.O.Y. in my day!