Saturday, 17 February 2018

Double strike: Anker RR and Singer 15 treadle sewing machine

Sometimes you are lucky twice. We went to collect this beautiful Anker. And found there was a nice Singer Treadle machine available too. With exactly the style of cast iron base I was looking for. 
 The Anker came with a dated bill of sale. 1956!
And the user manual. With instructions on how to befriend your new sewing machine.
To haul the Singer up the stairs it came apart in three manageable parts. 
Here is the completed machine. Very pretty. 
Serial number with C prefix tells us it was built in Germany between 1908 and 1940, but exact dating is more complicated as production records were lost. But this webpage at Toolfool suggests our machine was probably built in 1910. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Singer early Vibrating Shuttle sewing machine

Another second hand store and another Singer. Vibrating shuttle. What year would it be? Looking at the serial number reference it would be 1874, but checking the characteristics it looks more like 1894.
 Last digit of serial number missing? Needs more research then.
 There's a Dutch manual too. Wonderful!

Jeep Cj brake light fix

CJ decided brakelights are optional out there. But I disagree, so fixed the mangy connection by soldering new wire and spade connectors to the corroded pressure switch.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pfaff 130 treadle (1951)

There were several  treadle machines in the second hand store. The nicest was this Pfaff 130, so we took that one home. The machine seems in good condition. Only the zigzag is not moving, so it's soaking in oil now. 
 Another manual. Essential!
 The machine fokds neatly into the cabinet.
 Steel rods and the famous cleated belt.
 The machine tucked into the cabinet.
 In the cubby boxes I found this folding pair of scissors.
 View under the "hood"
 This is an older Pfaff 31 we saw in the store. Nice, but we liked the 130 better.
 Enormous Gritzner already sold and waiting for the new owner.
This Anker has a nice cabinet, but was incomplete.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Quick service

Oil change, resealing the rear window seal and reconnecting the dropped front door window to the winding mechanism. A fun day!
 Mgb feeling better now.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Ward Arm & Platform Sewing machine

This ingenious Ward Arm and Platform sewing machine was patented in 1873 and produced from 1875 to 1895. In this photograph the platform is in it's lower position so it can be used as a free arm machine.
 Here the platform is raised. very clever.
 The castings are not just functional. Plenty of decorations cast into the wheel.
 The machine was dry, so I started cleaning and oiling to free the mechanism
 Golden leaves decoration. Worn and old, but still pretty. This is on the base.
 The other side of the base.
There is an interesting "wobbling wheel" to change the circular motion into the up and down movement of the needle bar.
The bright metal is rusted now, but the little lid over the shuttle still has a nice spring action.
 This intricate casting covers part of the mechanism
 This is behind the cover. It looks more like the gearbox of an old car.
Cleaned and all parts are moving. I think if I can find a needle we could actually sew.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Another Kayser sewing machine (early zig zag)

 This heavy zig zag Kayser is similar to the Gritzner VZ B. I have found no way to date the machine yet, but it is suggested it's early fifties.
 Another nice cabinet. There was a bent old wooden ruler with this machine too.
 AN interestig feature are these double tensioners.
It's an early zig zag machine. Here you can see the zig zag and stitch length setting levers. The lever to set the needle left or right is at the back of the machine
Heavy and strong mechanical parts.