It is finished. Almost six weeks of work, 300 cotton balls, 1-1/2 bottles of sewing machine oil and countless encouragement and enthusiasm from Logan and Max, and the machine is up and running! Coming from an era when virtually everyone smoked, the machine head was covered in a dark layer of nicotine and old sewing machine oil. I actually found decals as I cleaned it, decals that were invisible under the old dirt. I accidentally damaged some decals in cleaning them as well, but if I hadn't gotten all the dirt off, it would make a mess on whatever I was sewing. Once the head was all cleaned, I waxed her (carnauba wax) and she shines now! She has a new bobbin tire, a new spool felt, and a new treadle belt. Once I got her back into the cabinet and the treadle belt installed, she was up and running in no time. A few adjustments, and she was stitching beautifully!
I'm planning a project for her - a small one first so I can get the hang of her and we can work out any issues we might have, then something bigger!
It feels good to have her up and running again, but after all the hours of cleaning and time we've spent together already, she still hasn't told me her name. She's a 1923 Singer 66 Red Eye (the official name for the decals is "Scroll-Red"). My Featherweight is Elizabeth, so that (and all its variants) are out. I thought she might be a Mary, but when I really got into cleaning her and found what a dirty, dirty girl she was, I thought maybe Kitty (also Max really likes her). Any ideas?
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