My first Singer, "Jane", is a 1901 treadle. In the 1970's, my grandfather rescued the "old sewing machine" from a neighbor's garage and gave her to me. I cleaned her up and was able to replace her missing parts at a local Singer dealer and repair shop. I sewed with her all through high school and college and into my early married years. She helped me with everything: high school home ec, hemming jeans, piecing my first quilt and sewing suits for my first real job. More than forty years later, Jane is retired in my sewing room. She lives quietly with her Spartan brother, three "big" Singer sisters, three Featherweight sisters and an ever-expanding brood of toy Singers. When my college-age daughter wanted one of my Featherweights, I bought her a new Singer portable instead. Maybe someday, I'll share the Singer Sisters with her.