Restoration #1

 While my sample quilt project is on the run, I made a detour - My scrap bag was full, and I wanted to used the pieces up ASAP. It led to the birth of this haphazard medley... Scraps pieced in no order and no plan-ahead. Civil war reproductions, 30s reproductions, modern, pastoral, urban... all mixed up!


My goal is to make a twin size quilt, using a divide-and-conquer method to assemble the blocks up with my Vintage Singer 15-90.


She is now sitting happily on the cabinet that I acquired last Sunday. I love the knee pedal! It works much better than before.


Ahhh... She is gorgeous!


So gorgeous that I kept taking photos of her! Every penny that I spent on her is totally worth it!


I can't waiting quilting with her. It will be a test-run for my sampler quilt, and to practice my quilting skills. 


And I didn't forget my other two vintage machines. I started with the 15-91. I took it out from the cabinet and spent a night to clean and polish it. I didn't touch the wires and motor. Trained as an Engineer and graduated from the reputable Engineering Science program at University of Toronto, I am nevertheless not mechanically and electronically inclined. I hate them! So, it will be the technician's job to restore them.


The sheen and lustre... can you believe that she was born in 1936! I am sure she is gonna be another gorgeous sewing machine. Her only imperfection is the vanishing decal of the "Eye" in the centre. It is not recoverable.


And here is the 201-3. He (yeah... I feel obligated to use the masculine "He") is more rectilinear and bony. He looks like a man. Singer 15-90/91 have very feminine curves. Ironically, 201 is a dressmaker's machine, and 15 is a tailor's machine!


He is still in his original condition...


I am fortunate that my local Canadian Tire carries all the necessary products for me to recondition my machine. I especially like the Turtle Wax.




It made a big difference on the Japan black finish as your can see from the photos above.


Also, I "transformed" the cantilevered condition of the table extension to a simple-supported one. As a structural engineer I don't want to over load the hinges when a whole quilt is put on this tiny table...


And lastly, today I went back to Canadian Tire again and got this. I heard it is wonderful for cleaning and polishing the metal parts. Gotta try it!