|I'm beginning to think I may have a problem.|
Here it is, straight out of the box:
Like the first one, this machine appears to have been stored in a sewing cabinet that doubled as a plant stand for many years. The back especially was rusted and caked with something that so obscured some of the decals that I initially believed them to be gone.
Fortunately, this time there was no nicotine and, though there was all of that rust as well as a rather large quantity of oily old lint, it didn't take much time to clean this machine. Maybe I'm getting faster? After cleaning, the decals looked even better:
The finish isn't in great shape and I'm thinking about trying this method to refresh it (using, of course, my protective gear and working outdoors or at least in the garage with all of the doors open). Since this is just my parts machine, I figure it can't hurt anything. And, because the cover plates were in really bad shape, I decided to use some nicer ones I picked up on Ebay when I started working on Nicky (those plates were deeply corroded as well). When the paint job on Nicky is done, I'll transfer the shiniest, prettiest parts over to it (her?).
This machine is a few years younger than Nicky and has a somewhat different bobbin winder and the spoked wheel is slightly smaller. It also has what looks like a motor mount on the side of the column, which seems to indicate that it was originally a belt-driven electric model (though I could be wrong). No problem. I can still put a treadle belt on it.
I learned a new trick while working on this machine. On both of the Red Eyes I removed the stitch length mechanism (following this tutorial) in order to thoroughly clean it and, after several failed attempts, I finally managed to re-install it. I probably should have taken pictures, but since both of my hands were inside the machine (and I felt like I was standing on my head), that wasn't possible. Perhaps when I finish old Nicky I'll take notes on how I did it.
The only part that this machine was missing was the slide plate but I already had one of those. The bobbin winder tire was ancient, so I replaced that as well, though it might not be necessary once the treadle belt is in place. I've noticed some of the machines in the Singer 66 bobbin winding videos on youtube have a tire and some don't.
Last night I finished putting everything back together and threaded the machine to see what it could do. I haven't put it in the treadle cabinet yet, so just turned the wheel by hand and found that it produced a very nice stitch after a few minor tension adjustments. Now all it needs is some TLC to the painted areas and a couple coats of wax.
In between working on this machine, I've been sewing t shirts from my self-drafted pattern. I now have 3 of them-as well as a completed A line skirt-to photograph and plan on doing that soon.