My mom had an Elna sewing machine that ended up being sold at the estate sale. I kick myself for not taking this — even though our history was complicated. I don’t sew. I tried, I failed. I hated that sewing machine with a passion. On the other hand, it was a big part of my childhood — mom sewed often — my first pair of jeans, all of my middle school and high school dance dresses, a perfect gothic cloak for Clare.
It came in a green metal carrying case.
Dad bought the sewing machine for mom from Hall’s in Elgin. Hall’s no longer exists, but I think the building does.
Even though I don’t have the actual machine, I do have the instruction book. And honestly, just looking through the booklet stresses me out.