As long as I can remember I have wanted an old Singer sewing machine. The dream came true a few months ago. Oh joy! I got it along with many other vintage treasures (read more about that here) It is black with a hand crank and I love it.
I was a little unsure of how old the sewing machine was, but Singer has made a very handy list where you can check the serial number and find out what year the machine was made. You can find the list here. My sewing machine is from 1922. How cool is that?
The sewing machine was in good condition, except that it needed a thorough clean. I started on the lid.
Cover your workplace with newspaper or cardboard to prevent it from getting dirty. I used a damp cloth and wiped off all the dust on the lid.There was a note attached to the lid and it had left some ugly glue residues. In order to remove the glue, mix one part water and one part nail polish remover. Dip a cotton tip in the mixture and start rubbing it on the glue. When the glue is gone use a damp cloth and wash away the nail polish remover mixture. It is important to remember that some nail polish removers are stronger than others. First try the mixture on a small area (for example inside the lid) so you do not etch away the paint on the lid.
Use a damp cloth and wiped off all the dust. A cotton tip and tweezers is your best friend. Use them to get to the al the small tricky places to remove all bits of thread and dust. Is important that you leave the red felt alone (you see it right under tweezers on the the picture) The felt helps to lubricate things.
Unscrew the lid and clean the inside. Use quality sewing machine oil and oil moving parts where metal touches metal. Clean off excess oil from the machine by using a cloth. This is not an electric machine, but it is important to remember that if you clean an electric machine, never lubricate any of the sewing machine’s electrical parts.
Clean both above and below.
You’re going to get dirty.
There was a lot of rust on the handle. I used rust remover and a linen cloth.
Remember to clean all the extra parts.