Saturday, June 27, 2009

Treadle Trouble

Lookie what I got today. DH got this at a yard sale near Spokane. He surprised me with it when he got home.

It's a 1937 Singer 15-88 treadle sewing machine.

Because it's a class 15 treadle, it has REVERSE! Yippee.

As you can see the cabinet it not in great shape. I may swap this machine out for my class 66 treadle cabinet. Then sell the 66.

I will have to wait until I sew with it. It spins freely right now, but does need cleaning. The decals are in great shape, though.

Now to go find that eBay seller and get another belt. Debbie...these things are addicting AND multiplying!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Machines Everywhere!

The herd so far. I think it's fifteen and counting.

Above is my 1927 Singer model 66 treadle.

And here is my "second" sewing room. All three machines with cabinets put in there. It's a very small space but much appreciated. From left to right and forefront is my 1941 Singer 201-2, my 1961 Singer 500A (Rocketeer) and the 1927 Singer 66 treadle (shown above).

Old faithful, my Bernina 150QE. Totally faithful. But one day she will die and I doubt I'll replace her with another computerized machine. I'm simply having too much fun with these mechanical Singers that I can fix myself. So long Bernina dealer (and tons of money), hello DIY!

Another machine I reach for time and time again, my 1951ish Singer 301A. It's almost always on the table next to the Bernina.

This baby is the newest to the herd. A 1922 Singer 99K. No big deal, right? They made millions of them, right? But wait! This one is special. She's one in 8,000 made in 1922 that's made out of aluminum. I haven't done all the research yet, so I don't know how many aluminum 99's are out there. But I have a hunch 1922 was the only year. Just don't quote me on that yet. I haven't cleaned her up. This is how she came with a nice bentwood case with the Singer decal on the lid. Her base needs a little gluing, but so what? She's as light as a feather. Can't wait to dig in and rewire her. She's def. going to need it.

And last...the ensemble. From left to right, my 1961 Singer 222 (freearm), Whitey the 1964 Singer 221 featherweight, the 1954 Singer featherweight I inherited from my mother and a centennial featherweight I am fixing to sell.
I know. That's no where near the fifteen I listed at the beginning. But it's a herd. And they all have a good home and are all being used.

I posted this because Debbie recently acquired a great 1916 Singer 66 treadle (the Red Eye) and we've been emailing each other about care/cleaning. It's gotten me totally excited about my machines again. Not that I never was excited about the herd, but you know what I mean. Keep an eye on her blog for updates on how she's coming along with that machine. Phew, was her machine a mess! Keep cleaning, Debbie, and enjoy!