I thought you might like this picture Ruby. As you can see, we still have the original machine in there. I've even sewn on it before when I only had one electric machine and it was in the shop. I've also shown the girls how it worked so they could see how our grandmothers and great grandmothers did a lot of their sewing.
This one even came with an attachment that came out in the 40's to sew button holes. I've got to admit I wasn't brave enough to try that though. It looks pretty complicated.
Ri took this picture some time ago as a black and white photo project she and a friend were doing.