I didn't get a single picture of it before I touched it but here's what was wrong:
- The case's bottom veneer layer had come off.
- The rest of the bottom had broken and perished.
- There were signs of borer in the good part of the bottom.
- The coffin lid also showed borer holes.
- And was coming apart on several places.
- The machine was a bit stiff and made noises
The CaseSo to work I went. Firstly, sanded off the remaining shellac coat from the case, then treated it with kerosene (twice) to make sure the borer weren't coming back. Then I took to it with wood glue and a clamp.
The base looked to be in good shape but when I removed the bottom it all fell apart, so out with the glue, also clamped it for 24 hours and was left with the following.
|Lid, sanded and glued|
|Base, also sanded and glued.|
|Lid after one coat|
|accessory slide cover|
|base, one coat|
|Lid after three coats|
|Base, ready for hardware|
The machineRather stupidly I only took one picture of the machine before cleaning and it's of the undercarriage, thusly:
That stupid amount of shine was the result of car wax. Does a spiffing job.
Here are some more "after" pics.
|Slide plate. Considering having it re-plated|
|These decals are completely original|
|Took the bobbin winder apart completely to clean|
|Didn't clean all of it|
Yes didn't clean all of it but the bobbin area got a lot of attention. It is likely where the noise originated so I disassembled it and thoroughly cleaned it, oiling as I reassembled.
One thing I didn't check was the timing. I mean, it's a 15, so what are the chances? The tension spring was broken, so part of cleaning the assembly was a new spring.
So, after pulling out the bobbin assembly, the bobbin winder, tension assembly how did it stitch? Didn't take pictures but it was like a 201 without even adjusting anything! Perfectly straight and no problem with tensions.
One thing I didn't notice was the lack of spool pin. I snapped a bamboo chopstick to the right height and now we have one.
I didn't enjoy sewing with this machine at all, though. The lack of a light wasn't a huge problem but the lack of my right hand to guide fabric was definitely noticed. The hand crank has been taken from a 66 (it has lotus decals) so I don't have a problem with adding a Singer motor and foot controller.