It is nice when the results of a sight unseen risk come out as you expected. There were some who thought from my earlier photos of my new featherweight project, that the machine looked great the way it is. However, upon arrival in West Virginia, my suspicions from the poor eBay photographs were corroborated, and then some. The finish of this 1937 beauty does indeed need some work, and the original decals are at least 1/3 missing. She is a perfect candidate for a makeover!
True to many auction listings, the possible water damage and extent of decals missing were under described. It’s not a hot mess, but not very collectible as-is.
This is what the listing said:
“1937 Singer 221 Featherweight Sewing Machine with case and pedal. Very nice condition with wear consistent with age and normal use. Tested and operates perfectly. Bobbin case intact (sometimes they are missing). No other attachments present. Case has wear consistent with being used and moved around. Handle has been taped with electrical tape but is still attached to top strongly. Work light works. Some of the gold trim printing is worn off from use. Belt has minor use wear but still in very good condition. Motor runs freely and strong. I will ship as cheaply as possible.”
If she really operates perfectly, then all will be well. If she doesn’t, then I will fix it. When I am 80 years old, I can only hope I fare so well!
I think she will be out for delivery for stripping, maintenance, and refinishing this week. My new waterslide metallic decals arrived from keelersales.com and I have decided on a color. It isn’t exactly a hot rod, but as close as I have ever come! This 2000 Ford Ranger was my very first “new car”. Since then I have driven a station wagon and a minivan. Sigh. I think that I need to remedy this. An old curvy Jaguar with silver racing stripes would look great in this metallic green color too! (Hey, a girl can dream…)
I have a picture in my head about what the 1937 will look like all decked out in green metallic with silver Celtic knot decals and all of her original shiny chrome.
But, what shall I name her?
If I’m lucky I will ger her back before June when I attend the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. (If not, I’ll borrow Mom’s machine and treat it to a spa day.) I signed up for a Nova Montgomery Singer Featherweight Maintenance Class. I thought this would be great to guide me through maintenance of the machines, help me maintain my machines health and be a great resource for my mother, friends, and family who own these machines.
The tulips in this photo give promise of spring, though winter won’t be over until March 20th here! Our biggest snow might be yet to come! My ankle is doing really well, so…