The rusty Sewing machines

So how do old sewing machines fit into the rusty collection? I would say there are several reasons. The first reason is that I knew I needed to do some repairs on the old cars I would need a sewing machine for. When I started to look for a sewing machine I realised I would need an old sewing machine for the work I intended to do.  Researching old sewing machines revealed a whole universe of machines, manufacturers and history. And best of all: they were mechanical marvels and very affordable too. 
This is the odd one we got earlier: You wouldn't believe that this contraption is a new "Cobbler" sewing machine we bought only a few years ago. It is a Chinese version of a "Patent Elastique" or "Cleas patcher"  leather sewing machine. Though it looks very crude it sews right through thick leather. I used it to sew the canvas roof for the Wolseley Ten. 
The first of the old sewing machines I bought locally is this Gritzner made by Pfaff. Beginners luck in the best possible way. This machine was hardly used, so it sews like new.
When you start reading about the history of sewing machines you can't miss the brilliant Elna Grasshopper electric free arm machine. It is so much smaller and lighter than the old cast iron machines. I understand it must be the first electric lightweight free arm household machine. This one was built in 1946 according to the serial number.
This is a more conventional but superstrong Pfaff 60. A modern shape for 1955. It is not an electric machine, but there is an electric sewing light. Cam with all the accessories, booklet and even the original bill of sale dated 1955.
Her older sister Pfaff 30 looking very traditional. Built in 1952 according to the serial number.
This youngster is almost too modern.  Pfaff 9. Lighter than the 60 it is still a sturdy machine. 
This Einer must be our heviest machine. Don't let the Germanic name fool you. It's built in Japan by Toyota, Brother or one of the other Japanese factories.
This Rambler is almost as heavy. Although Rambler was a car brand, this one had nothing to do with the car manufacturer. There are many more car brand names on these machines, so it seems like a good idea to look out for a Packard or Impala.
This Victoria is a later Japanese machine. Still quite heavy and internally all metal, but the badge is just a sticker, there are a few plastic knobs and buttons and the colour is a less fetching two tone grey.
Of course every collection needs a Singer. This is the alloy version of the classic 201K.