Lint, and lots of it..... look at all those bent needles on the right of the photo. This machine's been well-used.
But yesterday I managed to score a sewing machine at the local Silverdale Goodwill during their weekly half-price red tag sale. It's a Necchi-Alco model A709-4 (or is it just an "Alco", distributed by Necchi? I dunno.) It's Japanese made, so is of the normal high quality. And heavy. Wow. Maybe I'm just getting old, but 30-some pounds of cast iron is not easy to cart around.
I didn't plug the sewing machine in at the store, figuring that it will run just like all the others I've purchased. And once I got it home, it did turn over, ever so slowly and loudly. Nothing a little oil and TLC can't cure.
Here are a few more photos of the beast:
And now for the zinger... I don't quite know what to make of this next photo. The sticker is on the flatbed of the sewing machine. Maybe I have a rare piece here. Ha ha.