This is actually a pre-project posting, hope I’m not breaking too many forum rules there! It’s just that I could really use some advice on this one. I have researched this thing to hell and back, and from what I found, I figure I’m up somewhere between $50 and $4k on the $60 I paid for it. It’s not a Singer, so it’s narrowed down to White, or another manufacturer who’s name I can’t recall. Everything I’ve found tells me that it was made for Montgomery Ward of Chicago, somewhere around 1913. The thing really is a beautiful piece, although a bit dusty. Which brings me to my dilemma- Do I clean it up a bit while still leaving the original finish on it(cracking in areas, dirt build-up in corners), and hope to find a collecter who wants it in original condition, or do I go ahead and carefully strip and refinish the wood, wire brush and re-spray the treadle, and try to restore the machine? I’m not looking to make bank on this, I bought it TO refinish. However, in my research, I’ve found that there are several models of sewing machine in that era worth $3500-$4000. And while I’m not in this to make a buck really, 4k buys me a damn nice bandsaw! Anyone have any thoughts? It would be very much appreciated! Thanks!