So earlier this month I started checking out our local Craigslist for Featherweights. Haven't found any yet. Found out that my Schwann's salesman (Schwann's is a door to door frozen food) and his wife are pickers. Which means they prowl estate sales and auctions for unique items that they sell on Ebay. I have Ed on the lookout for Featherweights and other vintage Singers. In return, I will advise him on quilts that he picks up.
The above machine, a 1925 Model 99, I purchased at a local consignment store. I was made aware of her through Facebook when two different individuals posted this picture on my page:
Yes, she looks kinda rough in this photo. The bentwood case actually looks better than the photo. I am totally in love with these cases! They are just works of art! Like most of them, the case is missing its key. So far I have not found a supplier for this part in the USA.
So far, I haven't seen this foot control before. It actually looks pretty cool.
What didn't look cool was this splice job into the motor to supply power to the light. It is a Singer light, and I can't find that this is a typical way to get power to the light. Although hubby and I took down the splices, resoldered and taped, I am still a bit leary about using this.
Solution, an aftermarket handcrank! Would love to find a vintage handcrank, but will keep an eye on the market. Anyway, I cleaned her up, oiled her up. I used Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish on the bright pieces, and Blue Magic TR3 on the paint, and she is looking mighty fine. I threaded her up this evening, adjusted the upper tension, and cranked out a beautiful stitch!
And I am calling her AnnaMarie. My paternal grandmother's name was Anna. I have always felt a strong bond with her, despite the fact that she died 10 years before I was born. Her youngest daughter's name (my aunt) was AnnaMarie. I always liked that name.