Here's the deal: I just can't pass up one of these for sale at any affordable price. I have my own lovely little Kathy, and honest-to-goodness that is enough for me. But I see these little machines offered for sale here and there at less than market value and I just gotta take them home with me. They never stay long - I don't hoard them, I find them new homes. In the meantime I enjoy playing with them and making their acquaintance.
The two who passed through recently couldn't be more different. Here you have a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L 1952 Singer 221 in nearly pristine condition.
She "almost" (and I said "almost"!) tempted me to swap her out for Kathy. But I'm nothing if not loyal and Kathy has served me well so she isn't going anywhere. I do love the Celtic knot decals, though. And all the visible screws are black, something I haven't seen before, and I think it looks so elegant. Needless to say, she sews as well as she looks.
So this machine stayed with me a few days and quickly found a new home via eBay. (I hear that her new owner is very pleased!)
Then on the other hand was the machine I introduced in a recent post. A 1937 in dreadful condition:
That is a picture of it partially disassembled. I proceeded to remove every bit and piece of this machine and sold it all off on eBay. Just like with a recent 15-91 that I parted out, these parts sold like hotcakes! It is always a little sad to reduce a machine to an organ donor, but I consider that other machines can go on to give more years of service because they got original replacement parts that they needed. This machine was neglected, worn, dirty and greasy. I had to struggle just to get her running (as shown in previous post.) But she had some beautiful parts such as the early type scrolled face plate
I spent a brief moment considering dressing up Kathy with this beautiful plate, but then I just couldn't do it. With her more modern prism type decals, it looked as ridiculous as a woman in a dress like this:
Wearing a hat like this:
Kathy looks best with her original, striated face plate and I like to keep original parts together as much as possible. So the face plate was sold (that alone brought more than I paid for the entire machine!) along with every single part including the stripped down machine head. Without giving exact amounts, let me just say that the total of all the parts far exceeded what the machine by itself would have sold for. Go figure!
Well, anyway, I enjoyed the time I spent both with the beautiful machine (I wanted to clean and tinker with it, but it was in such perfect condition - not even a speck of lint - that there was nothing to do but oil it) and the old worn out one (I enjoyed "dissecting" it and getting a chance to study all the parts without having to worry about scratching or ruining a good machine.)
Just to top off my Featherweight Frenzy, I whipped up a new case cover. And BTW, matching chevron at the seams is not for sissies, let me just say.... ;)
Vintage Images courtesy of FreeVintageImages.com