While the thread was filling the bobbin, I kept hearing noises - like a hissing and popping iron, only there wasn’t an iron around. I thought it might be the dog as he occasionally snores while sleeping. No, it wasn’t the dog. He was awake and peacefully watching me from a few feet away. I tuned the noises out as I focused on getting the machine to sew.
The filled bobbin went easily into the bobbin case. I inserted a new needle and threaded the machine. Next, I grabbed a fabric scrap and using the knee lever, started sewing. The machine made stitches. Lovely stitches!
In the meantime, I guess I can get it cleaned up and polished and begin to pull together the items needed to refinish the cabinet. Still, I must tell you that I am charmed by this old machine. It just has to work!