This was the first electric sewing machine my mama had. I learned to sew on her old treadle machine, which was traded in on this machine. Popa says these machines were built like "tanks", meaning they were good, reliable machines, with no plastic parts, but rather all metal.
Several years later, Mama bought another Singer and rather than see this one leave the family, we bought it from her. It is housed in a cherry cabinet made by Daddy's brother. I already had one just like it, so I let the youngest daughter take it to use. She had trouble with the tension and brought it back to me. The last time I tried to use it, there were lots of skipped stitches.
Google research tells me most skipped stitches can be solved by changing needles. So, after a good dusting with "canned air" (now who would ever have thought we'd be buying canned air!) I'm going to put in a new needle and see what happens. I have a little quilting project started and need to machine quilt since I'm using a thick fleece, and this machine has a walking foot for quilting. Wish me luck, and I'll show you what comes from it all.