I talked to a local woodworker last night who is going to help me fix and refurbish two of the sewing machine cabinets I’ve been storing in the garage. We determined that the wood on the third cabinet is beyond repair.
So, the cabinet for the Anker went home with him to fix the area that needs to support the sewing machine and in the meantime I need to start stripping the veneer off the cabinet for the Davis VF and trying to figure out how it comes apart.
Part of the deal is that I’m going to throw in the Red Eye treadle head and irons that go with it; most of the wood is rotten and can only serve as a pattern for a replacement top. The irons need to be washed, brushed with a wire brush and repainted back to their previous glory, but the treadle action is spot on!
While I haven’t gotten to sew on the Red Eye, which is always my goal, I know it’s a very nice machine; when I bought it I was able to turn the handle by hand to get it to sew and have been excited to get it up and running. Ironically, I thought this one would be the easiest and fastest one to get working. Once he gets the cabinet built, which will take him hours, it will be an awesome piece. Of course I’ll go over it and make sure it’s cleaned, oiled and ready to take on a new project.
The upside is I’ll have two working machines that are high on my priority list, I get to clear out some space in my garage, keeping my husband happier with less clutter, and someone else will get to share this machine. That’s a winning situation all the way around!