I have an old Elna that was my Grandma Helen's before she passed away in 1995. I think it's actually a year older than I am! I'll tell you what – I love that thing, but it is heavier than a person. I could keep it near the bed and swing it at an intruder, and they wouldn't survive the blow. I think there lead, lead and something even heavier than lead in the center of it. Yet I love it. I wouldn't trade my Elna for anything, including one of those fancy electronic jobbies. I learned on an Elna, and it's very special to me.
Anyhoo, I love that Cynthia revamped her old(er) sewing machine and told us about it on her blog. I also love that she toned it down and added some character with gesso and then walnut ink. Her machine is the same age as mine, and just needed a sprucing. This definitely fits the fun bill, and I think you'll like it too. Visit her tutorial here.