I keep an eye on the Ebay and Gumtree listings for sewing machines in my area, just out of interest. I've been wanting a treadle with Tiffany decals for a long time, but I never found any nice ones for under $500. I was almost resigned to the fact that I'd have to pay that, or go without, when I saw this one on Gumtree. I was already in Adelaide to visit the DD, so I just popped round to have a look, and it was in nice enough condition to buy.
The woodwork was sanded back, stained with an un-natural red stain popular in the 90s, and the edges painted black. Not what I would have done, but never mind. The machine is fine, which is the important thing. I couldn't test it, because the drive band was in three pieces, but it turned over smoothly and the bobbin case was intact.
When I brought it home I had a pile of work to finish, so I couldn't do more than get it inside. I admired it while I slaved away at the computer until one night I snapped. I went out to my stack of machine parts and rummaged around till I found another leather drive band; after a few attempts I had it the right length, and the machine was working again. I had to adjust the bobbin case as it was way too tight, but with two minutes work this old dear was sewing perfectly again.
I don't know what her name is yet, maybe she'll just be Tiffany. I'll decide that after I've known her a bit longer.