I never intended to collect old sewing machines, but I do have a few. It just happened.
When they coined the phrase "they don't make them like they used to" I swear they were talking about sewing machines.
Today I am sewing with my vintage Riccar. It is a all steel drive Japanese made machine. It is just a straight stitch and very powerful. I pull her out when I need that power to sew through multiple layers, which she does, like slicing through butter.