|Singer Model 319K, made in Scotland late 1950s era. Solid all metal gears. |
Retro two tone green enamel finish. Shown taken out of its
original timber cabinet and under restoration by Engineering Dept.
Been working on things to do at end of winter that can be done indoors. Some of this is planning or research for a home wares and interior design services business we will launch, hopefully in autumn (for you in Northern Hemisphere, that means March to May 2013 !!). It's all in preliminary planning stages now. Names, registrations, Internet hosting, branding, business plans, inventory, and more ! Stay tuned for more on that as we develop it.
One of the things we decided to acquire for the business is some old sewing machines. Not to sell, but to use for workshops in the shop. Vintage sewing machines. We started looking around online for old used ones for sale and now have a five, and plan to add another 1-5 to that. Each one is carefully picked for its era, we are focusing on solid made machines with good reputations as mechanical electric sewers, mostly from the 1950s to mid 1960s era.
Ian is spending evenings and weekends restoring the machines to perfect operations. Some of this is less than simple. Some of the machines have come to us with "issues." Missing parts. Retrofitted with the wrong parts, or with adjustments that have caused damage or poor function. two take a special and hard to source needle and using the wrong ones causes problems. We have had to research the machines and work out where to source the missing piece, and then Ian works on rebuilding it. Sometimes he machines a missing part we can't get. He has had to rewire two of the machines. Thank goodness he has good skills for all of this. In all, we have spent not a lot of money (average per machine between 35 and 80 dollars, some of these include cabinets or their old vintage cases and accessories). And have found some gorgeous old models that now or soon will operate very nicely. One (see photo above) fitted into a timber cabinet that I will paint to complement the two tone green finish. They will be a great feature in our business and workshops.
|ASCP colours on timber trim, from back|
French Linen, Coco + Old White, and
Duck Egg over Scandanavian Pink
|Tools ! paint and wax brushes|
|Wine O'Clock. A break from|
colour swatch and sample painting
And, we are now working on building in back of our property. Laundry, storeroom, and a big lofty roofed studio space with outlook to the garden. Check out latest post on our back extension renovations, on sister blog Time and Place Design The photos are not yet glamorous to look at, but they show early stages. And I know some readers enjoy seeing those early before and construction pics !