The same afternoon I emailed Dave at Han's Sewing Repair, I heard back that my machine had been finished the day before! Victory! Plus, my sweet little sewing machine got high marks from the expert himself:
"If you had taken the same money and bought a new machine, you would have ended up taking a huge hit in terms of the quality."
Did you hear that? A huge hit in quality! This baby is rock solid. Though I must admit that when I picked up the machine I barely recognized her. I have a way nicer sewing machine than I remember--yes, I really am this novice of a sewer..... But just in case my memory is serving me correctly and this sewing machine looks like it's yours instead in a "they switched my baby" sort of way...message me.
(P.S.--Actual sewing to start up again soon on this sewing blog of mine. I apologize for the delay.)