This is the latest machine to come my way. When we got to church last week our friend told me he had a sewing machine in his boot for me. My first question was "Has it got rust?" and his answer was "Don't know, I haven't looked at it."
So after church we went to his car and had a look. Nice wooden case, foot pedal beside it (oh no, I'm not an electric girl) but also, oh joys, the original handle also! When he took the cover off the first thing I noticed was a pile of what looked like thick sticky black paint on the bed of the machine. It wasn't until we got home that I realised that it was the remains of the bobbin winder tyre that had melted and dripped down.
Has anyone had a bobbin tyre melt on them before? All I can think is that the machine was running with the bobbin winder engaged to the balance wheel and enough friction built up to melt the tyre. But why it was never cleaned up I'll can't begin to guess.
The machine is now transformed - off came the motor and on went the handle. It's a 1927 99K and now looks beautiful. It is now cleaned and oiled, and today's job is to test the stitch.
I've put a video on youtube if anyone wants to see it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hStB5h4UG31 - I just wanted to show how incredibly easy it is to convert an old hand machine back to its original condition by taking off the motor. I also realise that I was incredibly lucky that the machine still had the original handle with it.
As for the motor, my husband's brain started whirring and he started muttering about trying it out in his shed... All I can imagine is fuses blowing, so I'll make sure I'm out on the day he decides to plug it in so I don't blow one of mine.
By the time this photo was taken I had already cleaned rubber from the compartment lid
My fingernails were filthy once I had picked the worst of this sticky rubber off
The rubber was still soft and stcky and had gummed the compartment lid down into place - I put paper there to stop it sticking again