At some point in time, the foot pedal and the fly wheel were removed to make this cabinet work with an electric machine…..and somewhere in that time frame this Singer 328k, manufactured in 1953, found a permanent home in the cabinet.
I picked them up, as is, at a local Salvation army about 5 years ago.
The 328k is a nice machine….but I really REALLY have wanted to get this cabinet back to original ---which is where this story begins.
I removed the 328k from the cabinet thinking I could just pop a treadle head in there at some point…..but what to do about the missing pedal and wheel?
Craigslist of course!
Last Saturday I found an ad for a very beat up cabinet that still had good looking legs and I emailed the advertiser. I didn’t hear anything for a couple of days.
Monday I got an email back…..and I recognized the email extension on the address ---the same place my DH works!
This could be a good thing ---gives me some leverage "Do you know Dave Hunter, he's my husband"----or this could be a bad thing ---no way can I keep this purchase from DH!
The seller agreed to bring the machine to DH’s office which is only 6 miles from the house – otherwise I was going to have to drive about 45 minutes each way to drive out to HIS house---so this is GOOD, right?
Cabinet! in the back of the sellers pick up truck!
If I saw this thing driving down the road I would want to stop and adopt it right there on the spot!
The front drawer had nice detail, but the cabinet TOP is in really bad rough shape. You can’t tell it from the picture, but the veneer is cracked, grain raising up, peeling away, missing parts, is really SERIOUSLY would take a lot of work to fix. But remember, I want this just for the irons. ((All the metalwork underneath the machine is referred to as "the irons."))
**Side Note** It is extremely rare to find a treadle cabinet without at least SOME water damage ---many sport the obvious symptoms of "potted plant disease" as machines folded down into a cabinet in a living area were often adorned by plants requiring water from time to time ---BIG MISTAKE!
The drawers are in okay shape….but what will I do with them?!
((This could be bad...but could this be good?!))
And then there is THIS issue:
It came with a MACHINE!!
((is THIS Bad or Good?!?))
It’s not even a frozen up rusted out hunk of junk like I kind of hoped it would be. It’s missing the bobbin slide plate and shuttle and bobbin ----BUT….
C6565165 dates this machine to 1908-
This machine is 105 years old!
This machine is 105 years old!
I already have a Singer 27 with Sphinx decals. I bought it on My Birthday, remember? This new one is almost too pretty to make it a parts machine, though it does have a lot of good working parts on it….
But on the other hand…..could I turn this one into a hand crank?
And just how many hand cranks do I think I need?
This could be bad! ((But then again, this could be GOOD!))
But back to the cabinet issue…….the irons from this damaged cabinet will fit the old “electrified” cabinet top I have….and I’ll finally have a home for my Singer 115 with the Tiffany decals:
This is the Tiffany ---in the poor electrified cabinet – I’ll also have the belt spring from the trashed cabinet to fill the gap where the belt goes on the right side of the machine ---and with the new "old" legs….perfection!
This machine and cabinet are up in the guestroom --- come visit me and you can treadle in the middle of the night all you want! :c)
But then there remains the question of what to do with the "electrified" irons?!?
THIS COULD BE BAD!!!