OK,.. so my sewing room is finally neat enough that I shouldn’t find this too embarrassing.
This room doubles as a project room for me, so anything that doesn’t involve table saws and huge amounts of sawdust ends up in here.
So, counter clockwise starting with the new machine that’s going to have to live in front of the closet for a while. 503J. Yet unnamed.
Next we have the 1936 15-91 (Moose). This was a rescue, I had to rewire it right from the plug to the inside of the motor. I followed Rain’s tutorial for that. Then the 403A. (Archie) Technically, the cabinet that the 15 is in belongs to the 403, but I had the portable case for the 403, and the case for the 15 is pretty much destroyed. The Elna Supermatic (1958), sitting on the work bench / cutting table in front of the display cases I’ve been making for the 99 and the 15.
Alice, my lovely (though very worn) 1889 VS2 Fiddle Bed. She’s a rescue / restoration project. The wood veneer has to all be replaced, and the coffin top needs the top veneer replaced as well. She runs beautifully though, very quiet.
Below this, in the shelves are a Kenmore 158.1525 or something or other, a Singer 290C, the box for the FW, and a bunch of wood working and restoration tools for the treadle cabinets.
Further to the left is the 1948 Centennial 15-90. (I know, Singer’s centennial is 1951, but the machine has the badge and comes up as a 48 on the charts.)
Moving along, we have the 99 I’ve been looking for parts for, and the Singer Sewing Reference Library underneath it, along with another FW case.
The treadle is Betty, a 1913 model 27 (late model, with motor mount and high mounted bobbin winder, but the charts at ISMACS show it as a 27, not a 127) – Also a rescue, her cabinet is partially restored.
On Betty’s extension is Midge, the 1950 FW with the cup rings on the bed.
Below the treadle extension are the cases for the machines I’m working on, and the “spare” 99.
I may have to reconfigure it though, I’m height challenged, and it’s above one of the treadles, and high enough that I can swing the leaf. I’ve almost sent one of the puzzle boxes flying when I fumbled it trying to take it down.
I think of these machines as a piece of history. Every one of these machines was likely a member of a household, responsible for sometimes a huge part of the house work and such. They all have stories, where this scratch or that one came from, why the slide plate is missing, how their decals became so worn in places, etc. Believe it or not, my favorites are my 3 rescues. They are survivors, and because of that, they get probably the best treatment, full restoration. Slowly but surely they’re all being brought to full working order and their former glory (nicks and scratches and decals not withstanding) You all just got to see them in the meantime. No excuses.