Today I found a nice woman who lives within driving distance of me...and she happened to be selling off seven hand crank sewing machines! Joy! I went to look at them today and took home two of them.
I was seriously torn between a few of them...in the end I wound up dithering between an Ideal with beautiful decals and a box full of attachments (I'm a sucker for a rusty box full of a jumble of attachments) and a Bradbury. I took the Bradbury. I already have a box of attachments for my Singer 115 and a puzzle box of attachments for my Singer 27, so I figured I have enough gadgets lying around. Plus, this machine was from England! All my other machines are American.
Isn't it a beauty? I love the decals. The enamel is chipping off in places, but I still really like it.
I'm very pleased with them. I'm still researching them - I'm coming up with info for the Bradbury, but the Durkopp is really tough to research. We'll see what happens.