Look what I found!
I was killing time in the thrift shop when I ran into this sweet little machine buried on a shelf. No price tag, but when I asked, I was told $15. Who could pass that up? The wheel turns, but I didn't plug it in, so I don't know about the motor. There's still thread in the bobbin, though.
A quick Google tells me it's a British-built Singer, made in Scotland. A longer Google (and turning the thing upside down a few times-honestly, who named it a *Featherweight*?) tells me tentatively that it was made in 1941. The bottom is stamped Simanco-dunno what that's about.
A couple questions. Did this originally have a case? It's screwed into a plastic case bottom, so I don't think it was supposed to be in a table.
Also, it looks like the serial number says P401407, with something blurry that might be an E in front of the P. According to this site (http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fweight.htm
), it's actually probably ED, but how do I know I'm looking at the right thing? I can't find any pictures of serial numbers for comparison.
What's the SIMANCO stamped on the bottom? The plate on the motor mount also says SIMANCO, and Made in Canada.
Anything else you can tell me about the new girl would be fun to know. I'll call the sewing machine guy tomorrow with an eye to taking her in this weekend for a thorough cleaning and going over.
Pardon the mess. You can tell I cleaned off just enough of the table to put her down and take pictures. Sorry!
3/31 Update: Much poking around on the Singer site (and internet in general) has refined some of my guessing. It's a model 192k-it says so on the stitch length selector plate. I cleaned more gook off the bottom, and the serial number is EP401407, making it built in 1959. The motor works (I plugged it in) and the wheel turns, but the front half of the machine and the bobbin mechanism are frozen. I did take the plate off to check it out, and it's incredible dirty (eons of old grease and lint) but not rusted, so I suspect my sewing machine guy will get it sorted fairly easily. I have an appointment with him tomorrow at noon, so I'll know more after that.
Now all I need is nice, old-fashioned Scottish name for her and we'll be all set!