Jane she is a Singer 500A I had to have her, loved the dial in the front, reminds me of the Star Trek Emblem on their shirts.
The picture below shows Jane's cover that I made recently.
This is Dinah. DH purchased these for me a couple of days after he purchased Marilyn. She was on craigslist. They were selling her for $50 in the cabinet. They saw no value in the machine, it was basically the cabinet they valued. When I saw the cabinet I had just seen old marketing ephemera that showed what the original original cabinets looked like and this was it and it was in spectacular condition.
The blue beauty is my modern home. She was found at an estate sale in a cabinet which was less than reputable. No place for a girl like her to be hanging out in. So DH removed her and she has been sitting waiting for a new home for a couple of months. She is a Japanese machine based upon the Singer model 15. The only difference is that usually these clones have better motors. I have scoured second hand stores, flea markets, craigslist, antique stores, and estate sales looking for a cabinet. Unfortunately if there is a cabinet it is either in terrible shape, and not worth the money they want, or it is missing the hinge pins that would hold the machine in place in the cabinet. Embarrassingly I realized recently that there was an old Kenmore sewing machine sitting in the attic. I do not like the machine, it belonged to someone else, but it was in a cabinet, that looked pretty sound, just in desperate need of a facelift. The cabinet is in the process of getting refinished. I need a few nice days with weather above 50 so I can use the man cave to paint in. I could prime in the basement, but cannot paint there. When the cabinet is finished, and the Modern is rewired we will take more pictures of her to add to this page. I want to call her Millie, in reference to the film Thoroughly Modern Millie since she is a modern. Here she is in her new home.
Scarlet is a singer featherweight which was a barn find. Totally siezed, all corroded, paint completely gone around the bottom of the machine.
Right now she appears orange, she is more of a fire engine red. She just got her decals today, will go to get her clear coats, then taken to the sewing machine guy to make sure she is timed, and running like a champ.
DH has her put back together, but she is going to the sewing machine guy for a tune up to make sure she is put together right. She returned and I actually sewed on her today. DH was surprised. I guess he thought she was going to be my trophy girl.
I have two more machines, one is a treadle which I got from my great grandmother. She was stored at one time in a storage shed so she is in very rough condition. The person who put her out there tried to have her refinished, but it was just not the same, and I don't open her often. Her name is Essie. Maybe someday I will pull her out and see if DH and I can get her running and maybe treadle.
Finally I have another featherweight that I found at an estate sale. She was missing some parts. DH and I worked on her a bit today. She is going to go live with my mother and sister in Oregon once we get her up and running. I love my featherweight and I hope they love this one half as much as I love mine.
*** Update The machine was cleaned, tuned by the machine guy and sent home with my mother. She adores the machine and takes it with her when she travels and goes to quilt group.
Meet Sophia she is a 99K. DH purchase her for my birthday, and she was only $40. She needed a new belt and a straight stitch foot. I think that the one she came with was a zipper foot.
The only real problem with Flora is that she is in desperate need of rewiring. DH will do that when he has time. I can't wait to sew on her. She is such a beauty.
I am almost embarrassed to admit I have acquired a few more machines over the past couple of months.
During the period 1941 to 1953 Singer occasionally produced what are known as ‘Blackside’ models. Unlike the standard machines, many of the normally bright plated parts utilized a chemically blacked finish instead. This is thought to have been in response to shortages of nickel and chromium.
It is a characteristic of these machines that there seems to have been no hard and fast rule as to which ‘Blackside’ parts were fitted. Generally needle plates, bobbin covers and faceplates etc. would all be Blackside, but various knobs, levers, screws etc could be either bright or black. At the same time Singer also produced a range of accessories, tools etc and even bobbins that were blackside. Generally blackside components had the same Simanco part numbers as their bright plated counterparts.
Not only is she a blackside she is a crinkle.
Also in roughly the same period Singer produced some machines with a ‘black crinkle’, ‘black wrinkle’, ‘Godzilla’ finish. Whatever you call them, they are extremely RARE. Research indicates that Singer only produced limited runs of models 66, 99, 128 and 221 with this finish, and these all date from the 1941 to 1953 era.
My other find? Well the sale only goes for one day and there are a lot of salvage dealers and there was one who had 4 pillars that I wanted for our new front porch. The dealer wanted too much for them so I decided to go back at the end of the sale and see if they were still there. The vendor right across from him had this and offered it to me for $15. The case was in decent shape and I thought she just needed some love.
I think this one will be called Nora after Nick and Nora Charles of the Thin Man Series. Nora Charles was played by Myrna Loy. I will share more once she is clean and beautiful.
I found this beauty at a barn sale recently. She has a decent cabinet, and after DH cleaned her up she is a lovely lady. She is a model 15-91 she is from 1952 and her name is Lise after the Leslie Caron character in American in Paris.