Cinders (I will be transforming her into the Princess that she truly wants to be!), is a 15-88 and was made in Prussia. Her serial number is C3390349. Unfortunately as the Russians invaded Prussia during WWII and cleared out the factory, there is no information on her exact age, but that is OK with me!
She is really grimy - I'm thinking that it may be nicotine (although it doesn't smell at all), and I'm slowly getting her cleaned. She has a really smooth action, although I need to replace a wire guide on the tension control. There is a bit of rust and some chrome missing on the hand-wheel, but once this is done, I'll be able to sit at the table and sew away whilst watching TV with Mr. SDSC. I'm aiming for a sewing machine in every room - I don't think he has noticed yet!
Incidentally, this is a great site for help and instructions to overhaul handcranks and treadles. It is from a UK site that refurbs machines for transport out to Africa.
I really love these old Singers, I use my Featherweight for doing buttonholes as it is much better than my Pfaff, and I have a couple of others that just are so lovely to look at - what fabulous stories they could no doubt tell. Oh, and Cinders has a working reverse stitch. A hand-crank with a reverse stitch! The one on my Pfaff died years ago so it will be quite a treat being able to reverse!
So you have a soft spot for older machines> Do share!