I found her on Craigslist ($50) with the help of a friend, who shall remain anonymous. ;) She came with the cabinet (which looks like a small desk) and almost all the attachments and manual. No buttonholer or walking foot, but those will come later.
She needed a VERY good cleaning. This is a "before" picture. She's on my cutting table where I gave her the spa treatment (to coin a phrase).
This is the "after" picture. I wonder if you can tell the difference, other than the light is on. Oh well. Take my word for it, she was filthy! She had sat a very long time in the garage of the previous owner. She certainly purrs right along. And power? You got it, baby.
When my husband picked her up for me, he spoke with the male of the house. He said his wife really used this machine and sewed all the kids' clothes on it and his shirts. I got the impression that he bought it for her new. The couple are in their mid-70's now. The Singer website is of no use as all "NA" serial numbered machines are listed as being made in 1951. But I doubt this is the case with this one. I've seen people advertise 1956 and 1958 models.
And this...is what came out of her bobbin area! Can you spell Y - U - C - K??
I thought of putting it on my spinning wheel and getting a skein of yarn out of it, but hey...I don't own a spinning wheel. So into the garbage it went. Good riddance. I will be taking very good care of this machine and it will, no doubt, outlast me.