Hey there, I have a bad track record with sewing machines, and little experience with them either. I have a brain filled with garment ideas, and fabric sculptures etc, so I have been keeping my eyes out for a machine and doing research. Metal parts were a definate must for me, and my budget was tight. I'm prefacing this whole thing with this because I'm a complete ignorant about sewing machines.
I recently bought a sewing machine off of ebay, its a vintage singer the serial number dates it to between 1913 and 1915, and its patent dates are 1910 and 1911, the Gold decal work has the egyptian Sphinx motif (which makes me geek out even further). It was a bit of an impulse buy, I paid under $60 for it including shipping, and the auction had very little on it, it said
"Vintage Singer sewing machine" - Vintage portable sewing machine, singer-number g40861, is complete, and runs fine, comes with foot pedal, and carrying case, machine is old, it and the case show signs of wear. Thanks for looking.
Well, it arrived yesterday and I am soo excited, but the case it sits in and that covers it broke in shipping, it looks like the machine rocked and broke the case. I think I can glue the case back together. If the case ends up being nonrepairable, do I need to make it a new box? or can i sit it on my work table and plow into a project?
But my next questions are, what model did I get? Where can I get a manual on it (because I have no clue how to thread it, or maintain it)? and what kind of needles can I use in it?
Here is the auction if that helps http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300260068209&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=020
It came with thread comically, old thread, and the machine smells very musty so it was obviously been stored for a long time. There is almost no rust, top or bottom on it, and all parts move smoothly if a bit stiffly, it feels like it needs lubricating- but thats the opinion of someone who knows very little about sewing machines.
I am beyond excited about this, the machine is a work of art, and my mechanical side is geeking out being able to see how the parts all interact.
I know yall are probably cringing that its ended up in the hands of a machine killer, but I in my defense, the machines I have killed were plastic filled things, including that serger, and that older brother had issues when I picked it up on the side of the road.
Thank you ever so much for your help, I am soo excited at the prospect of being able to do more than handsew, and to work on such an amazing machine.
Thank you thank you thank you!
P.S. I can post more pictures tonight when I get home if that helps