I am the proud new owner of a vintage sewing machine and table! It belonged to Dan's grandma, who passed away before I had ever met Dan. Most of her things have been in the basement of one of the family farms, which is currently lived in by Dan's cousin's family. Well, they are finally cleaning out and redoing part of that basement, so I have had the opportunity to acquire some fun goodies!
The prize jewel has been this Montgomery Ward's 23 Jewel Automatic ZigZag sewing machine, probably manufactured in Japan in the 50s(?). There is a lot of information out there on the internet on the older sewing machines made prior to WW2, but there is not a lot out there about this era of machines.
Since it's a "23 Jewel" there are 23 cams, meaning that there are 23 different types of possible stitches. I haven't even tried to plug it in yet, but for the most part, it does seem to be in good shape. It's sitting at my parents' house right now. I look forward to having it in my future sewing room (and if I don't get a sewing room, it will make a beautiful side table in a living room!!). I hope to learn more about it someday, but until then I will continue to love it... isn't the blue color just amazing?