Posted 4 months ago
I bought this machine for about $25 many years ago but only recently got around to improving it’s looks.
The cabinet’s original finish was practically nonexistent but in good structural shape with an intact machine inside. I sanded and painted the cabinet, added a new belt, cleaned and oiled the “works” , lined the drawers with pretty paper, changed the original round knobs to prettier bird-shaped cast iron knobs (stored the originals inside the cabinet), and ordered a key for the lockable drawers.
The wood of the cabinet was nothing special so I didn’t feel bad about painting it.
I was able to easily look up the date of manufacture by the serial number—it will soon be 120 years old, having been made in 1902.
The art work on the metal plates and the ‘Pharaoh’ decals make it a thing of beauty in my eyes.
The most impressive thing, though, is that the machine still works! It sews beautiful stitches, fills bobbins smoothly, pedals easily…..and is just plain fun to use!
I wanted to do something constructive with it so for my very first project, I whipped up this baby bib and burp cloth for my newborn Great Grandson,!!
I had to sew the buttonhole by hand since these old machines don’t do zigzag, but otherwise, it’s all sewn by foot-power!
Hope you enjoy!
Comments welcome and appreciated!