Originally Posted by Penlowe
Try getting that machine serviced first. Should be under $100. That is a steel geared machine, possibly a Slant-O-Matic (one of the most popular designs Singer made). Trust me on this, unless the gears are broken or the drive arm bent (which pretty much takes the Incredible Hulk to do) it's fixable and will be a good machine with proper servicing.
I agree--he's almost better off with the older machine. Steel parts are hard to find on new machines, and plastic parts break down much much more quickly.