Last week I stopped at the local thrift store hoping to find a nice second hand sewing machine for a new quilter. I don't normally look twice at an old sewing machine unless it is a Singer, but this lonely Kenmore was the only one in the shop. The gal working at the front counter had no idea if it worked or not, so she said I could take it home and try it and if it worked I could come back and make a donation for it. Deal! I cleaned it all up, gave it a few drops of oil, put in a new needle and that was all it took to get it stitching. I couldn't get the zigzag stitches to work because of a stripped gear, but it has a beautiful straight stitch and really that's all it takes to make a quilt. I even put it to the test and pieced a Quick Strippie quilt top with it in a little bit of no time! It may be old, but it still has a lot of get up and go! I think it will do nicely for a starter machine.