Thursday, 26 July 2012

Singer 66K

I have done it again, I couldn't resist, my family and I were out on a trip to Workington and spotted this little beauty begging to be taken home and looked after.

As you can see she wasn't in really bad condition just needed some tlc.

The treadle plate and the belt run were all complete but the belt was an old iron flex.

She even had the Singer rubber mat on the treadle and it is in excellent condition

A lovely water mark on the top, probably from a plant pot decorating the top

The drawers in working order, which held a variety of bits and pieces including an old belt, cotton, needles and old feet

The front drawer still working and when I opened it, a big surprise, the original key to both drawers

As you can see the wood is in pretty good nick really for its age

You can see how much dirt, grease and grime has built up on the machine over the years, the silverware was black in colour and the wood under the machine was also black 

The decals are all complete

The faceplate which I think is stained with nicotine

I have dated the machine as 1919, so it is nearly 100 years old.  It works brilliantly although it takes alot of practising to get it going in the right direction and continuous.

I am now in the process of restoring the wood having completed the machine restoration along with all the treadle parts.  She has a new belt and is lovely and shiny.  Once I have completed the wood restoration I will post the finished pictures.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Hi all, sorry I haven't been about much lately, quite a few things to deal with, a four day migraine that landed me in bed, children finishing Uni and school.  Holidays to organise and babysitting duties to perform.  However I did manage to get myself a day off this week and went to Quiltessentials at Orton Grange with friends.

An absolutely beautiful quilt finished by one of the ladies in our group

Joy and Gay displaying Gay's completed quilt in Moda Rouennierres fabric from our first meeting,

Getting some work done inbetween chatting

Tea up - thanks Barbara

My first tea - fairtrade and not bad, I managed to drink half of it.  Thank you to you all for looking after me after managing to end up on the floor with Joy's sewing machine on my foot!!  The machine is absolutely fine, unfortunately, haha, a nice new Nina would have been great Joy.  I have a few bruises on my feet, arms and back, made a good job of it.  Dented my pride as well.  Still going back for more though, see you on the 5th September, 2012, with more projects.  I am going to do a small Christmas project that I will start and finish on the same day, honest, I will.

The sum of my work.  I learned to do easy circles and this one was completed, managed to get six others stitched and cut out, just need to press, then make another 19 to get the quilt top finished, along with backing two other quilts and binding them, a little girls dress, two dresses to make for Mum, two dresses to alter for a friend, teach my 12 year old niece to sew by making a pair of pyjamas, a pair of shorts and a matching top.    

I am sure I won't be the only one with a long to do list like this, hope you are getting plenty of work done.