We found this Sears Kenmore 158-1040 sewing machine at the thrift store for $20, so my Lover and I snatched it up as soon as we verified that it still worked. The first thing that we did was open it up, evict all the dust bunnies (there were quite a few!), then cleaned and oiled it — Oh how I love the insides of sewing machines!
Currently my Lover is working on fixing the feed dogs so that they feed the fabric backwards properly (currently they sort of wiggle uselessly and don’t move the fabric at all), and there is also some damage to the cord so it may need to be replaced before too long. Rehabilitating old machines is extremely satisfying though, since there’s nothing quite like that moment when all that work comes together and everything works perfectly.