Friday 11 September 2015
A Clean Up Job Postponed
Lots of machines look like this when I first get them - a bit sad and grubby. This is a 1918 Singer 99K that was given to my husband to bring home to see if I could get it going. The movement is incredibly stiff, and I have checked under the needle plate and found the usual wads of fluff. The face plate didn't look too bad...
... until I was about to take it off and realised what was missing.
For comparison, here is my 1927 99K, with the thread going through the hook which the other machine has lost.
How on earth did that happen? There is no sign of damage to the outside of the faceplate, nor on the inside, but somehow it came to grief.
Needless to say, that stopped me in my tracks with the clean up job. I am mulling over whether to try an improvisation with a hair grip and metal glue. Time will tell. There's no rush.
Update: No, I scrapped the idea of a hair grip - see the repair here.