Sunday, December 18, 2011

An addition to the herd

It seems that even when I am not looking for new sewing machines, they find me. Last month a friend gave me a Singer 27 with the hard-to-find Persian decals. Then a couple of weeks ago I brought home a Singer 128 which had been looking pitifully at me for months at a local thrift store.

Singer 128 before cleanup
The 128 has LaVincedora decals and had a motor and really bad wiring. With that and a price higher than I was willing to pay, I was able to walk on past when I first saw it during the summer. As I stopped by the shop every couple of weeks, occasionally I thought someone had bought it, then saw it again in a new location, each time looking more mournful.

I happened to stop by the store on the last day of September and learned that they sold everything half price on the last day of the month, so as November drew to a close I decided if it was still there on half-price day, I would bring it home.

Singer 128 after cleanup
And, sure enough, it was. My first look found everything was there except the rear slide plate, even some attachments in the bin to the side. Everything moved and the decals were in pretty good shape. I didn't bother trying out the motor, just got t home where I could use my socket set to remove  the non-standard bolt holding on the motor. I discovered the motor was a regular Singer motor, but the off-white light was definitely jerry-rigged, as someone had drilled a hole through the back cover plate to screw it on.

Nice case after cleanup
Today's job was cleanup and I was thrilled that the dust and dirt came off easily, leaving a nice, fairly shiny surface behind. Much better than I expected. Even the bentwood case cleaned up well. A good cleaning, some oil to all the moving parts and I installed a handcrank on it. And as a bonus, I found the case would fit with the handcrank installed.

 I haven't tried sewing with it yet, but have decided this one will be my portable machine for demonstrations, when I don't have space or feel like hauling along a treadle. And it will be nice to use for the children's project I'm planning at our next art show.

Now it's time to get back to the studio. More later.


yarndiva said...

Very nice indeed, very elegant little machine. I have a 128 that I take to craft shows. Now, it's no featherweight but not a treadle either. Those 128's work very well too. It's a great idea, people love seeing them.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I am always keeping an eye open for one of these older machines, someday I will find one.

Anonymous said...

Lovely machine. My own favourite is an Ottoman Carnation Singer 28, which now resides in a parlour cabinet

DragonPoodle said...

It's a lovely little machine! Nice buy, I know you will enjoy it.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'd love a machine in a bentwood case. I haven't found one yet. Enjoy yours!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty sewing machine! :)

Anonymous said...

What a pretty sewing machine! :)