Freddie Mae Gets a Face Lift!
Remember how I got an 1927 Singer Model 66 I for Christmas?
Well, it's time to start cleaning the old girl up, and of course I've got to start with her face. Since I first laid eyes on her, that intricately designed face plate has been calling my name , begging me to release it from all that dirt.
So I did.
I also took off the back plate and gave it a good polish. What a difference a good clean and polish can make!
With the face plate off, it's a perfect time to tackle the moving parts behind. They may not look that bad in this picture, but trust me, there is a fine layer of dried on oil on almost every part.
After taking off the Thread Regulator and Pressure Bar, I removed the Thread Tension Assembly for cleaning. You can see the crud better in this picture.
All the metal bits above and below should be shiny silver. The yellow/brown color is from dried sewing machine oil and filth. Luckily, the metal polish dissolves it easily.
At this point, I've already wiped the surface down with oil to remove any loose dirt. When Freddie Mae was new, she would have had a nice smooth shiny black finish. Over the years, something happened to make it rough like a fine sand paper.
I suspect this is either a layer of crud and machine oil that has built up, or this is a result of the machine being kept in less than perfect conditions causing the varnish to fail/craze/become rough and sand papery. There are places with obvious crazing, and I know she was in storage for a while so I'm leaning toward the later explanation.
If this roughness is the varnish, then I'm in a pickle, because if the varnish flakes or chips off, the pretty decals go with it. I'll have to do a bit of research to see what I can do about this.
Still, after taking out all the easily removable parts, cleaning them and putting her back together, Freddie Mae is looking much better inside and out. Her former beauty is starting to show again.
Part 3 cleaning the bobbin winder assembly and balance wheel
Got an old Machine you want to know more about, or possibly refurbish yourself?
Check out these links that have been a huge help to me.
http://www.treadleon.net/ -All about treadles.
http://www.ismacs.net -International Sewing Machine Collectors Society
http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/ - So much great stuff.
http://www.mysingerstory.com/ - Look up your singer by model number and find when it was manufactured.