I was perusing the classifieds today (not routine, so perhaps it was meant to be), and I came across the above: a 1966 Singer sewing machine and cabinet/chair. The owner's mother had passed away some time ago, and no one else in the family sewed. No longer fated to collect dust, it is now sitting in my family/dining room awaiting its next assignment. First, I'll have to consult my grandmother on how to thread the needle (the last time I've used a sewing machine was when I quilted in high school). We'll see how it goes from there... good thing it came with the original operating manual.
P.S. The best part of this deal was what came inside the drawers: old patterns, boxes of bobbins, scraps of old fabric, lots of thread, a canister full of old buttons, and lots more sewing accessories. Even the seat cushion (which I may attempt to re-upholster) lifts to reveal more storage space! And, can you believe the sewing machine folds back up inside the cabinet? It's a set up similar to my grandmother's 1940's Singer sewing machine and cabinet, which is still getting use from its original owner.