This is Pearl, she is 70 years old and another rescue from the dump! Unfortunately, this one needed lots of refurbishing.
Instead of belt drive, she has a gear-driven motor, which makes her very unique in my collection. Looking at the "after" photos now, "before" photos would have been good. As always, I cleaned, oiled, replaced the rubber bobbin winder tire and thought we were good to go. The needle bar moved freely, the black finish was lovely, all the sticky residue was removed from the throat plate.
I ordered a marked throat plate, straight-stitch walking foot and deluxe darning foot for Pearl from Jenny at Sew-Classic.
What a beauty...I was smitten! So I took out the bobbin plugged her in and tried the foot pedal. Pearl's gear-driven motor was worn out. It would start off sewing but the longer I pressed the foot pedal the slower the machine sewed. After about five minutes the motor would just hum and not turn the needle bar at all. So I tried disassembling it, lubricating with singer grease. This made no difference. The Brandon Sewing Centre did not have a replacement motor and it is not possible to order a new motor. I contacted Dominion Sewing in Sudbury, Ontario, they had six used gear driven motors in stock, only one was good. I bought it and had it shipped to Brandon. The Brandon Sewing Centre installed the new motor. Next, the 70 year old electrical cords were worn and frayed. So I took the plunge, bought a new electronic foot pedal, 16 feet of heat resistant appliance wire and a new plug. On Tuesday, June 22, my husband rewired Pearl.
Now she not only looks beautiful, but sews fantastically.
This is Pearl wearing her new straight stitch walking foot.
The yellow straight stitch on white is the bottom side sewn with Pearl.
This is the top side.
Photo above is the bottom side.
This is a baby quilt for a little boy. Happy sewing all! For more vintage treasures, please visit Colorado Lady's blog.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.