This photo was taken somewhere in the 1940s by the look of he van ---Did he just deliver machines, or did he work on them making house calls wherever he was needed?
I sure could use someone who’d make a house call with these treadle beasts.
I showed a couple pictures of the new treadle last evening in the Quilt Cam post – but for those of you who missed it….
At first I was thinking “Oh, I don’t know” and then I realized that 7 yards of fabric off the bolt at the local quilt shop would cost me at least that much. Done Deal!
I can’t get over how intact these decals are! And look at this side plate….lovely!
I have a suspicion on HOW the decals lasted so long. I believe this machine was kept near a kitchen if not in the kitchen area itself. How do I know? That side plate you see above was crusted with dried and aged kitchen grease. It took some very hot soapy water and dawn dish soap to get the yellow gunk off and the chrome to shine silver again.
Look at this piece:
I scraped it with my fingernail, and saw that it would come off…so this was soaked in hot water and dawn soap too and then scrubbed. You can see how much build up there is around where the screw goes!
So yes, the kitchen grease is gross ---but is that what helped keep these decals? A protective coating?
The serial number is AA786058. This puts her manufacture date at 1925. I thought for sure she would be “older” than my 66 Red Eye – because the 66 has a drop side round bobbin, and I would consider those “more modern” –and this is the old vibrating shuttle with long bobbin ---which I thought was more “old fashioned” but evidently Singer made long bobbin machines well into the 1940s.
A whole drawer of goodies!
Evidently the previous owner only found the threading and bobbin winding pages necessary. This was all there was of any kind of manual ---
And the big question of all – does she sew?? Yes!
There is one thing missing ---she doesn’t have a check spring in the tension assembly. That must have broken off somewhere, so I will be ordering a new one….and a couple more bobbins and a couple spool pins. I had to borrow a spool pin from another machine to get one on her.
The cabinet is in better shape than I thought it would be too. Dry wood just soaks up furniture oil and I have a bottle of beeswax wood nourisher I bought at an antique mall years ago that really shined her up nice.
Still no name…..I’m hoping the seller will get back to me in the next few days and let me know the name of his next-door neighbor’s mother. This was her machine.
With two treadles, back to back in the basement –my hope is that I can convince my local quilty friends to come treadle with me! I mean – they could actually say they are headed out for a “work out!” :cD
Yes, it was a GREAT birthday!