Thursday, March 31, 2013
Close to Nowhere
My mother’s sewing machine
Last week, I rambled a while about learning to sew on my mother’s sewing machine and how it had been stored in a paint shed for probably 15 years -- from the time my mother passed away until my sister gave me the machine a few months before she passed away.
Daughter Dana has been experimenting with repairing really old Singers since she inherited her great-grandmother’s 1916 Singer. Ma’s Singer has a shuttle bobbin, which I’d never seen or heard of before and Dana has learned not only to thread and wind it, but to repair the “workings” of the bobbin, as well as the rest of the machine.
I bought a Singer Featherweight some years ago and after watching me sew on it and catching the quilting bug herself, Dana bought another 1916 Singer, exactly like Ma’s, off eBay for $16. It wasn’t in as good a shape as Ma’s Singer, so Dana has really gotten into repairing and refurbishing the old machines (if you have a really old Singer and would like her to work on it, call me -- I’m her agent).
Sunday afternoon, Dana finished cleaning a few bits and pieces on Mama’s Singer. She’s used Dr. Pepper to soak and restore the old brass and silver facings and plates. Works like a charm!
She took the motor off her 1916 eBay Singer (she’s working on it again) and put it on my mother’s Singer (circa 1940s). The motor on my mother’s Singer is so corroded with dirt, etc. from sitting in the shed that she’s afraid it won’t work again. She is planning to rewire it and see though.
She put Mama’s Singer in its cabinet (which is in really rough shape also), put all the pieces and bits back on and plugged it up.
Mama’s Singer hums like a top. We’re going to find a needle for it, Dana’s going to work on the bobbin casing, etc. (it’s filthy also) and I’m betting that by next Sunday, I can be sewing on it again.
I can just see Mama beaming down on Dana. She loved her sewing machine almost as much as I love it now.
Memories are so precious!
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