Friday, July 10, 2009

Sphinx 27 Singer Treadle Sewing Machine

Made in New Jersey, 1902.

Given to me by a friend....just because. :)

She had purchased it years ago in Colfax, Iowa, and used it as decoration, then it sat in her garage for years. She never used it. She knows it spent some time in Yale, Iowa, because when she purchased it it had a Yale phone listing, circa 1950, in the drawer.

Today I finally had a chance to clean it up a little. I'm a hesitant to do to much to it, becuase I don't want to damage the paint or decals. But truly, it's in pretty good shape. Mostly I used a gentle soap/water solution to get off some dust, dirt, and cobwebs, and then used some natural handmade furniture polish on it. And that's it. All the moving bits move smoothly. I think that's really what fascinates me about these machines....they're utterly gorgeous, and REALLY well made. I mean, just think of the plastic junk we have now. Could any of it be forgotten in dusty sheds for decades on end, then pulled out and be essentially ready to use? Um, I think not. Our disposable society disgusts me. For example, we us printers at my work. Simple cheap computer printers. And at least once a year, we have to literally throw one away, because we've worn it out and cannot fix it. They aren't built to last, and the companies that make them have no interest in servicing or repairing them. Even if I want to, I can't. It's ridiculous.

Anyway. I have yet to actually get to the inner workings and figure out how the, well, work, and clean them up. That's next!! But for now...check out this amazing puzzle box that was in the drawer!!

This tidy, tiny little wooden box opens up to reveal:

A treasure trove of cool little attachments and tools! Now, I don't have a CLUE what these do. Not. A. Clue. But I'll figure it out eventually. Anyway, it doesn't really matter, because I just think this is so need and tidy and gorgeous, it makes me swoon.

PLUS? There's at least that many more attachments, loose in one of the sewing machine drawers. I may spend my lifetime figuring them all out....

Here's a closeup of one, just so you can see how intricate some of the attachments are. This would fit very comfortably in the palm of my hand, to give you an idea of size.

Thanks John for the puzzlebox and attachment photos...I know you've got more so post them on your blog and I'll like from here!

I have pics of my other treadle too....will post them soon.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I was gifted this GORGEOUS treadle sewing machine! A friend had one she didn't want anymore, and knew I was interested in them. So she just gave it to me! I haven't had ANY time to play with it yet , but I did get these quick pictures and looked up the serial number. If I'm figuring it correctly, this machine was made in 1902 in New Jersey. It's a busy week here, and I don't have much time to work on it, but I'm REALLY wanting to start cleaning and restoring it, and get it working. ALSO? It has a GORGEOUS puzzlebox full of attachments that came with it. Pics of that coming soon......
This amused me greatly. I got some GORGEOUS hula hoops from Dancinginthecircle on etsy. I will get better pics of them unwrapped, but isn't this hysterical? They were mailed just like this!!! Note the bubblewrap, priority mail stickers, and address label. I wonder what my postal guy thinks???

I'm pleased to report that the composting worms are doing their job beautifully! I know - this isn't the prettiest of pictures. But it shows how efficiently they are turning kitchen waste into wondeful black compost. Chow down, little worms!

We've been doing lots of biking, and starting to look pretty official. Now that we have bike shorts (oh, padding is gooooood!), biking sandals (not shown in this photo), helmets, gloves, and racks to go on the bikes...yeah. we're starting to look like everyone else on the trail!

and, just a gratuitous kitty pic. This is oj, snoozing on the keyboard. why? because he's a cat. that's why.