Via the Craftzine blog link to this site, I give you another aspect of "a few of my favorite things" -- antique sewing machines.
(you have to scroll down the page quite a bit to see the photo of the cake).
Singer opened sewing machine factories all over the world, including one in pre-revolutionary Russia. I have two old Russian sewing machines, made with many of the Singer factory tooled decals, from the factory in Podolsk. I also have a couple of old Singers, and a German one or two, and then had to stop: the "collection" is heavy!
Singer also produced posters to advertise the sewing machines: here is a snap of my Russian poster (under glass, so there is a glare):
For those interested, there is an international society of sewing machine collectors:
ISMACS, and if you have an old Singer sewing machine and want to attempt to "date" it, try here