The second bedroom in my home is quite small. When we bought the house, a twin sized bed literally filled the room. Since most of the time there are just the two of us empty nesters, I decided that the room would be much more useful as a sewing room. Since I have three brother sewing machines, I call it El Quarto de los Tres Hermanos, The Bedroom of the Three Brothers. Its fun to say I am in the bedroom with three brothers!
Although my sewing/embroidery machine is a Brother 400, which we bought new to replace my old machine that died in the middle of a project and my Brother Serger was also new when I bought it, most of my everyday sewing is done on an older Brother sewing machine that I found in a thrift store for $50.00. It was already refurbished when I bought it. When I opened it up there was at least a half inch of lint around the bobbin chase. I am sure whoever owned it before me neglected him. I cleaned it up and oiled it and it is a little work horse now.
Now I am not saying that I skulk around thrift stores looking for sewing machines and stuff, but one day we stopped by one that we don’t get to very often and we found this:
The price was $34.00, but it was half price day. Only $17.00! I snatched her up and brought her home. She sat in her case (Yes she came in a case!) while we traveled on our last trip. Finally, I set aside the time to clean, lubricate, and oil her. I didn’t even know if she would work! In the meantime I looked up her serial number on the Singer website and discovered that she is a “Blackside 66” from 1941! She is older than I am!
I was surprised when I cleaned her that she was a lot cleaner than the refurbished Brother. She has been used but cared for. This all that I could find: (Minus the fuzzy lint)
Most of that is from around and under her bobbin chase and her lubrication ports.
Did you notice that black bobbin? All of her accessories are black also. She was one of that last sewing machines that Singer produced before their factories were converted to making guns for World War II. That black finish on her scroll face plate is made by a process developed by the Singer company that is still used for Colt guns to this day. She has quite a history!
Here is her underside before her cleaning:
Here she is all cleaned and polished up:
See that booklet and box? They are the original Owner’s manual and box of parts like presser feet. Her decals, cord, light and motor are original and in excellent shape. Best of all: she works like a charm! She only sews straight stitches, of course, but these old machines are great for sewing heavy duty fabrics. Every time I use her I will muse on her history and what she may have sewn over her lifetime. I have named her Suzette, for Suzy Homemaker.
What a treasure and only $17.00!
Until next time,