Friends, remember Rain, that mysterious sometimes-MPB reader who appeared seemingly out of nowhere last winter offering to restore my beloved Singer 15-91 sewing machine?
Well he's back. Last Friday he returned my machine and -- what can I say? -- it's gorgeous! Rain said he's going to provide me with a full list of all the restoration work he has done (and hopefully not a bill), half of which I probably won't understand. He says he wants me to have it for my records.
Am I supposed to be keeping records...of anything?
Here's a before shot -- grimy grimy grimy:
And after -- how did he do that?
Isn't that amazing?
Rain restored the machine top to bottom, inside and out. Even the peddle has been rewired.
Meanwhile, crackerjack Rain is taking a look at my Featherweight. It seems that there are teeny tiny burrs on the hook that need to be polished down somehow and Rain doesn't have the necessary tools to do it. Lacking 1/10th of the patience Rain has, I decided to purchase another Featherweight hook assembly on eBay for about $35 from someone who is selling a Featherweight for parts (she has excellent feedback). I suspect Rain thinks this is sort of cheating, but I'm tired of not being able to use my machine. I didn't want to have to ship my hook across the country (or to the UK) to one of the specialists Rain mentioned as possibilities. I mean, really.
Now friends, you may be wondering how I compensated Rain for all his hard work. It seems that Rain is eager to own a Singer 15 hand crank. The original hand cranks were the 15-89 model, but the 15-88 and 15-90s can also be converted. Now, you may recall, I purchased a Singer 15-90 to use in my treadle table, but changed my mind, and am treadling with the original 66 the table came with.
Readers, I gave Rain my 15-90.
I know what you're thinking: this was Rain's nefarious plan from the beginning and I fell for it. If it was, I forgive him. I am actually delighted to free up the space on my sewing table. I'd bought the 15-90 before I stumbled upon my Pfaff 30. And now I have my 15-91 back in working condition and eventually I'll have my Featherweight. So I have plenty of machines.
One wants to stay on the the good side of someone like Rain. You never know what might break down next, and he makes house calls (well, to me at least). I may even bake him brownies.
Readers, we're out of time. I was away this weekend so I have all kinds of catching up to do. In just one week we begin our Jeans Sew-Along and I ask that those who are hyperventilating with anticipation take a deep breath and visualize clouds or waves or something. It's going to be OK. Have you joined the Flickr group yet?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!