Gretchen the Singer

This weekend was a 3 day mighty cleaning adventure.

27 top singer clean

I got non pumice Goop waterless hand cleaner on a whim…and it worked!  Used up almost an entire box of Q-tips but after some time I clean what I thought was a mostly black machine only to discover she is covered with beautiful enamel.

27 back left clean27 back pillar clean

A wee snake lives on the back of the pillar with many flower and plants.

27 top pillar dirty27 top pillar clean27 fendor clean

The fender (at least what I am calling a fender) has a lovely vine of flowers.

27 pillar front dirty27 pillar sphynx dirty27 pillar front clean

The front of the pillar cleaned up lovely as did the Sphinx.

27 base totally silver27 back base

Sadly the base was quite silver before I even started.

27 mega dirty

Once I got her exterior tidied up and shining I delved into her inner workings… About a well fed mousie’s worth of dust and dirt were living in there.

27 serial number27 patents

Serial number and the patents…

27 shuttle with spool27 shuttle

The shuttle complete with thread so old it actually shattered when I was removing it from the spool.

accessory kit 1accessory kit 2

The accessory kit isn’t complete but it is still quite fabulous in its special box.  Even have the manual for the kit and a box of quite old thread. Something to be said of the good old days…they made everything so lovely, the script, art work, wee details you just don’t see any more!

27 Gretchen Ragna

Clean up and gorgeous, oiled to perfection, Jim installed the belt… wow! Quite the work out to get the speed going just right.  May need to install a Schnauzer guard however as Shamus feels he needs to catch and stop the wheel by the treadle…with his face…

27 Singer Gretchen Ragna

Now to figure out how to wind the thread onto the shuttle, adjust tensions, thread her and start practicing!

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One comment on “Gretchen the Singer

  1. What a treasure that Egyptian edition is, and in such good shape! My mother & grandmother had one very much like that, but my sister got it and then gave it to her daughter. It really cleaned up beautifully!

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