Machine is marked "Patent November 30, 1866". A bit more about the machine over at http://retrotechnocracy.blogspot.com
This old sewing machine occupies space on our landing/hallway on the second floor.
BBBH is quite adept at sewing, and in fact in her younger day, she taught sewing and worked as demo artisan for Singer. She uses a rather elderly Singer to this day. This piece of decor pictured here was an antique shop find several years ago, and it serves its function as decor quite nicely.
The spouse and I took a jaunt to a machine outlet a few years ago to evaluate the new equipment, with an eye to updating the home sewing room. After studying the offerings, she concluded that had she wanted a computer, she would have gone to the computer store. What I want to do, she said, is sew. I don't want to have to master computer technology in order to do what I already know how to do quite well, thank you.
She still uses the old Singer 401 Slant Needle DeLuxe.