It's been an all out eternity since I've posted anything about Freddie Mae. But I haven't forgotten her. If you've not read about my lovely singer sewing machine "Freddie Mae" and her restoration, be sure to check out the other posts here. But if you're all caught up and ready for an update, read on.
Where were we? Oh yes, I had finished the restoration of the sewing machine head, and was ready to move on to the cabinet. I believe I also waxed poetic about why disassembling a piece prior to restoration is a pretty good idea.
But how does one disassemble a vintage Singer sewing machine cabinet?
First cover your work surface, remove the drawers, then flip that puppy upside down.
With everything unscrewed you can remove the drawer frame. Cringe at the dust and spider parts.
Separate the top of the cabinet from the treadle frame. It should just lift off, but it'll be super heavy. It is cast iron after all.
If you've gotten this far without finding copious amounts of dirt or other cringe worthy findings, and your finish is pretty good, you could stop disassembling here, give everything a good cleaning and a coat of wax and put it back together.
Or, if you're like me you could move onto the next stage.