Thursday, July 3, 2014

Starting A New Piece of Furniture

A former roommate of Nicole the Knitter gave this sewing machine cabinet to me last year. The sewing machine is in the cabinet, and it came COMPLETE. When I say COMPLETE, I mean it came with ALL of the attachments and even the OWNER'S MANUAL, baby! It's a Domestic, series 153. Supposedly, it was made between 1946 and 1953.

The former roommate didn't have time to refinish this (the back piece shows some possible water damage) and the polyurethane and stain are somehow flaking off from the top. I've been told by two separate people it's mahogany.

I've been told the machine still works but I realized the cord needs to be replaced, so I haven't plugged it in yet to try it. I got the machine out and the cord off tonight. I'll take it in later on to see if the machine is worth a tune up or anything like that.

Quick shout out to Steve Tetreault, Master Technician, at Sewing Machine Steve. I emailed him to come over and take the machine out for me. I couldn't figure it out on my own and couldn't find any You Tube videos on how to do it. He emailed me instructions on how to do it myself, and he saved me the $75 house call fee (I wasn't going to lug this thing over to his shop). If you have a machine similar to this and need help getting the machine out of the cabinet, the instructions from Steve are below.

"These machines are easy to get out of the cabinet. Simply tilt the machine back and using a medium sized screwdriver (straight blade) loosen the set screws that hold the machine onto the hinge pins. They are located inline with the hinge pins under the rear lip of the machine. A couple of turns should loosen it enough to slide the machine off of the pins. Before doing this make sure that the machine is not plugged into the wall outlet and unplug the wire from the bottom of the motor."

Time to start taking this bad boy apart! I started with the fold out top pieces tonight. They were stripped, cleaned, sanded two times, and cleaned again. Check out the difference below to see the before and after!

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