Some before pictures of the 201-2. I haven’t cleaned it up at this point, and for some reason none of the full on shots of the machine and the desk came out. The light was not great when I took some of these.
I need to get an oil wick for this spot. The seller must have thought it was a big buildup of lint! It’s proving really hard to find!
These pictures are of the machine after I got it to the spot it’s going to live for now. Fresh from the seller.
right half of the machine. The white chord coming out of the side there was the foot pedal chord. The wiring is bare in spots, and was cut in a couple places so I just snipped it off to remove the machine from the cabinet.
The sellers aunt, could take newspaper and just look at you, and make a dress pattern. To aid her in sewing seams she used medical tape on the machine bed…. Medical tape doesn’t age well, but it didn’t seem to damage the machine bed too badly when I removed the goo with sewing machine oil and q-tips.
The woman who sewed on this machine used medical tape as a seam guide. The crusty ones came off easily. The large piece of undamaged tape was DISGUSTING! I peeled it off and medical tape from 1947 leaves goo on everything. I didn’t take a picture of the tape removed before cleanup but take my word. The adhesive goo was a beast to get off my skin! I wiped the goo off the machine bed with a lot of q-tips, then bits of shop paper towel. It was a mess.
Below is a sample of the dust of ages, as well as the shape the machine seems to be in.
A shot from underneath. It looks like it’s missing something that screws in the threaded hole over there to the left. Not sure what that may be yet. I haven’t cleaned the fuzzy dust off the bottom of the machine yet. I don’t have any new grease, and I’m still not entirely sure what should be greased and what should be oiled once I clean everything off with the 99% Isopropyl alcohol. I haven’t looked at the motor yet, I may drive a few hours to have that worked on. There’s tutorials online, but it scares me. I would like to clean everything I possibly can, then bring it to someone so he can double check I did alright with my work on it.
The package back for the New Improved Superior Darner by the Redden Sales Co.
A neat bonus accessory that came with the machine.
I thought the button hole making tool was neat. I was surprised this piece of paper survived in good shape.
The insert that came with it to create buttonholes with the wire foot.
The Superior Darner foot didn’t age perfectly. It’s a bit squished. The darning hoop is still in pretty good shape, and the origional rubber bands that came with the kit aren’t gooey or crumbling. (yet at least.) The instruction pages are in pretty decent shape too, I’ll see about photographing them and putting them in a post so the knowledge isn’t lost. I’m tempted to get some wire and MAYBE try to construct another spring foot since I have a squished original, and decent pictures of what it’s supposed to look like new. I wish we could order replacements from the company like the instructions say! ;)
The foot, which looks pretty squashed up, but I’ve seen worse. The hoop for darning, and the two original rubber bands. I do have the instruction sheets that came with the kit too which is really nice! I didn’t include pictures of those because there are so many. If anyone wants me to, I can post them though.
The dark brown area to the left of the book and box of accessories is actually an inlay part of the drawer bottom. I’m not sure if it serves a purpose since the drawer was meant for stationary, but it’s pretty. I’ll try to get a better picture of it in the after pictures.
The Singer #42 cabinet comes with an inkwell the desk drawer it’s in is made specifically for your stationary. I’m tempted to find a 1947 ink pen just to keep it with the ink well.
The cut-out to the left of this picture allows the foot pedal to be stored up off the floor. I’m not sure if this was intended or not, but it’s the only place to really put the pedal that you can access easily. When the pedal was installed inside this cabinet, the chord ran through a hole inside a piece of cast iron or some kind of metal. The metal is connected to the cabinet spring that drops the sewing machine inside the cabinet. There wasn’t any way to get the foot pedal out of the cabinet without disassembling that machine lifting spring. The spring is also made of cast iron, and the spring itself is a hefty piece of steel. That piece would have been beyond my capability to replace if it came off so the machine needed to travel quite a bit in the cars while inside its cabinet.
Some more of the things that came with the cabinet. An adorable little copper oil can. An empty tube of Singer oil, and the box, and what remains of the Singer grease. I’m assuming the grease, and oil may have been original to the machine? I don’t know for sure yet. The drawers these things were photographed in is the middle right hand drawer. It has the mounted thread rack, and in the back of the drawer on the right hand wall is an oil can clip. I heard the machines only came with a sample of the oil, The big oval tin cans of oil must have been what was sold at the time, if it fits in the clip. Again, I’m not sure.
Pretty concept of using the molding as a drawer pull. This molding came in different finishes on the #42 cabinet from what I can tell from some cabinets other people have shared pictures of. I really like the plain wood finish of my cabinets molding. I do want to look into how to touch up the cabinet without damaging the finish on it, just to remove grime, dust, and some minor dings and scratches. I don’t want to use anything on it before I find something I know won’t damage it, OR transfer to fabric I’m going to be sewing on the table.
The left hand stationary drawer closed. The finish on the entire cabinet seems to be in really nice shape. The swing arm is pretty sturdy still too. The bench cushion the seller told me, was reupholstered by her aunt, who was the owner of the machine. The seat appears to need a little something to make it as sturdy as I am guessing the bench was. There is a space between the original leather and the new seat cover making it not quite as stable as I think it was before it was reupholstered. I need to find more pictures of the benches to know how to fix that though.
I really need to find some pictures of peoples benches that came with this cabinet so I can figure out what to do with the seat. I really do like the fabric she picked to redo the seat with though! The leather that she didn’t replace isn’t really all that attractive, although I can see it being appealing towards both men and women as well as being able to blend in with darker woods.
The best picture of close to a full on shot of the cabinet finish. The rest came out even more blurry. The cabinet really is in nice shape though compared to some I’ve seen. The cabinet drawers on the right hand side are built to stay in when fully opened. To remove them, there is a hole on the bottom of the drawer in the back of each one of the three. That looks like a rivet is missing or something. You open the drawer all the way, stick a thin screwdriver, or awl or something down into the hole, and carefully press down the metal spring plate while gently pulling the drawer forward. The cabinet is solid and enclosed around the bottom two drawers. The top right hand drawer, and the stationary drawer lead into the upper part of the cabinet. I found some pins and an odd gold colored thing (maybe a button decoration?) under the middle drawer.
I didn’t go over this post before slapping it up there, I will share some of the after pictures when I take them, and hopefully some of the repairs on the machine when the parts arrive!