Recently I became the proud owner of class 66 1919 Singer hand-crank sewing machine. She is not without her issues. My good friend and former professional sewing machine repairman and current gunsmith, Robert Horst has kindly been helping me restore her to her former functionality and soon-to-be beauty.
She now makes a perfect stitch as a result of the timing being corrected. We noticed the hand crank and wheel are incorrect so we will remedy that before we tackle the bobbin winding mechanism. In the meantime, I will clean parts with 400 steel wool and oil and use never dull to smooth all out and make shiny. The precision stitch you get from this machine is FaR superior to ANY other machine I have worked with, such is the reason I have coveted one for so long.
My period-correct sewing will benefit greatly as a result.
Today I made this resort wear a bathing suit cover-up on my new baby and the results were amazing. You are forced to slow down and enjoy the process when working with a hand crank and oddly guiding with one hand is not an issue.
My biggest issue was the lace I choose and navigating the holes and ensuring I had stabilized my seams well enough with the silk organza bias tape trim I made. After that, things were a breeze.
Hopefully, I will be the most glamourous woman on vacation.