My girlfriend gave me a super nice Singer 201 (a beautiful, wonderful machine..sigh) and it got me thinking about restoring my two other Singers. However, a glance through Kijiji last week reminded me about my desire to have a treadle sewing machine that I was comfortable using. I'd checked out the Singer 127 last week and really wanted either a vertical or drop in bobbin sewing machine. My first choice would have been a Singer 66, with some sort of pretty decals, maybe a red eye. However, what I found the other day thrilled me.
|Singer 15-30 treadle in a 3 drawer cabinet, circa 1919|
I drove to look at it today and it followed me home. It has a bobbin winder and it is only the bobbin and a treadle belt which it needs. It's awfully pretty though. It needs a good clean up. The plated parts are pretty grungy and a bit pitted but the black metal sewing machine is in really good shape. The back access plate screw doesn't want to move and I'm not sure if the bobbin winder is complete, though it moves and looks like it should work.
|Singer 15-30 back|
The cabinet needs a bit of veneer either re-glued or replaced, but it's not all that bad.
I asked if he knew any of the history of the machine. Since he didn't know anything about how it worked, he obviously didn't use it. It was his mother's sewing machine although he didn't know if she bought it or got it from someone else.
Why am I thrilled about this old gal? She cost me $50. I was so happy to find her, I didn't even try to haggle down the price. Yes, she will require a bit of elbow grease but well, I've got a bit of that..