I imagine there will come a time when I will say ENOUGH ! Until then I will keep cruising Craig's List. I don't troll eBay the way I used to. I do lurk on ShopGoodWill.com. I don't like to buy machines that require shipping. I ship machines. I know what can happen.
There is also the psychology of shipping costs. If I find a machine I want and the shipping costs are 30 or 40 dollars, I am deterred. WHICH MAKES NO SENSE. Today's Century Ride cost two hours and 2.5 gallons of fuel. Diesel is $4.15 a gallon. Actual cost is around 10 bucks. OK Now I feel better. It would have cost much more than that to ship two machines over that distance. So, I am not as nuts as my mother believes.
See what I got?
The Fotomatic will require some attention. It is a more complex machine. I have oiled it some already. Its camstack appears to be metal. There is some surface rust evident but I can clean it off with kero. I must, however, first finish Buddy Folly. He is scheduled for surgery on Saturday. The donor hook and bobbin case are ready for transplant.
What is the Necchi link? A friend of mine went after a Necchi out her way. She lives about 500 miles from here. A few weeks ago the seller contacted me and asked if I was interested in it. I was, but hey, there is a limit. I contacted my dear friend, since she lives pretty close to him. She already knew about the machine and today, she rescued it.