Tuesday, August 27, 2013

To Lift My Spirits

Our house was broken into on Saturday.  My husband and I are both feeling somewhat unsettled.  He is kind-hearted, generous, and has a healthy sense of humor.  He never misses a "find" waiting to be rescued.  Thinking to cheer me and lift my spirits, my husband brought me a gift this afternoon.

When he saw this in the alley near the library he couldn't resist.  At first he thought it was just the cupboard and metal stand but when he lifted it, he realized there was more -- a machine folded down inside.  I have no idea how he got it into our car by himself.  It weighs a ton!

It's a Singer Class 27.  (Sorry for the reflection.)  It was made available in August, 1901, one of 38,499 others.

I can't exactly say that it works but all the parts move:  the treadle treadles, the wheel and bobbin case turn, and the needle goes up and down.  But I think it will take some loving care to get this machine back to sewing order, if that's even possible.  (And I know nothing about repairing machines.)

It's too bad someone took the drawers, though I can understand wanting the drawers.  They were probably lovely, even if dirty and dusty.  I think the logo on the side is quite nice -- but , of course, it, too, needs some cleaning.

It doesn't make up for what was stolen but it was a fun surprise.  It did help lift my spirits a little, though we're still feeling unsettled.

I hope you and the loved ones you cherish are safe.



  1. What a lovely find!

    So sorry to hear about the break-in. I can imagine how unnerving that was.

    1. Thank you, wipgirl. It will take some time to get back to "normal," I think.

  2. So sorry to hear about the break-in, yes it is indeed unsettling. I do hope both you and your husband will feel better soon... and what a lovely find xx

  3. I am so sorry about your break in!
    As for your treadle, the cupboard is called a cabinet and the metal stand is called irons. You can find all of the information you need to restore it here: http://treadleon.net/ They also have an email group where you can get a lot of information from fellow people who love treadles. I'm quilting a quilt right now on my treadle! First of all, do not use anything with water to clean your machine, it will rust it and destroy your decals. I use straight Murphy's oil soap to clean the head and then wipe it off with sewing machine oil. I use GoJo to clean the underneath and insides of the machine, using cotton balls, paper towels, and q-tips. Then you oil everything that moves, you can find a manual for it here: http://www.singerco.com/accessories/instruction-manuals Let me know if you need any help! You are going to really enjoy it!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about the break in and the unsettled, violated feelings that go with it. How sweet of your husband to bring home something that he knew would bring a smile to your face at such a time! I know little of treadles, but I have seen the drawers offered for sale online during my internet wanderings.


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