Rescuing a machine

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This Singer 99K came into our possession when Ant’s Father died, it belonged to his Mother; but had not been used for decades (literally in excess of 30 years). It was a piece of decoration for us and gradually deteriorated further from lack of use (did I mention we live in the dustiest house in Australia??? The full vacuums and dustpans bear testament to the losing battle I wage every day).

Anyway, restoring this machine was always on my to-do list, but was a project I found intimidating just thinking about it.download-6

I don’t know what happened in my brain the other evening, but I just thought that maybe it would be so hard after all…I consulted blogs and YouTube and before I knew it I was on my way.

It is a handcrank machine manufactured in 1957, so it is younger than it looks. My guess is that my MIL bought it because the electricity may have been unreliable in Kenya where they were living.

As you can see, it was in pretty poor condition, but not the worst I’ve seen.download-1

That orange stuff in the bobbin housing is oily rust, I sprayed it down with WD40 and after a while managed to lift most of it; however, it was a very fiddly and dirty job…download-7 download-5

Sometimes it was downright disgusting,  but I kept my eyes on the prize…

And here she is, functional and clean, oiled and almost happy download-2

She needs a new presser foot lift bar thingy (hopefully coming from the UK for £8.50) and the presser foot belongs to a newer machine, but I am happy that she is working again…and soooo quietly!download-3

Oh and this little fellow popped up to say hello this morning 🙂 download

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