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New Elna Lotus on Ebay last night; )

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Won this item on Ebay.co.uk last night. 15:02:22  Take a chance sometimes & it all works out. That's my feelings with this one. A basic Lotus, but in good visual shape. Its story will be here, if you interested. Intended for a certain young lady. She's a little shy, but I'm not: ) Thanks to SJ. Nice to know its history & many thanks for taking the time to tell me.    18 Feb 2022 Long story short is that it arrived safely, via UPS, yesterday mid afternoon! Arrived before it was sent, almost. Had a good look at it, found no real issues, gave it a good service & it's stitching well this morning: ) Not up to full speed yet, but that's down to the Controller. (Culprit below, as found)  Only 2 out of  7 contacts have been working for years by the look of it. (The shiny 2) Possibly No 6 at times. The Unit hasn't been exposed since new, I'd wager. Serial Number says 1969/70, so after 50+ years of use, it's done well anyway. I've cleaned up the c

Elna Lotus SP 1975

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Always liked to try something different & I came across this Lotus SP recently in an online Charity/Thrift Shop.  I have no previous experience with these machines, & I generally avoid 'plastic'/'computerised' SMs. But the Lotus machines were a Design Classic IMO. Way ahead of their time as a quality, super compact, portable machine. MoMA says so too : ) I'm enjoying learning about it, but not finding much detail online. Yet. Looked in good order, but missing its foot controller... Took a chance & got it for under £30, delivered safely: ) That's a feat these days, isn't it? Very pleased when I had it in front of me. Excellent cosmetics, nothing broken, just a little stiffness turning over. A good oiling & service should fix that. Found a spares machine, with a controller, on Ebay which should enable this one to work properly & have an almost complete machine as spares: ) That's the plan anyway.     Later... The main machine is stitchi

1890 Singer 12K Fiddle Base

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Latest temptation is this appealing 12K. New to me but looks good?     The case looks good too. I collect it tomorrow, 12th December, & hope it is as good as it looks. Sellers pics above. Mine below. 13/12/21 Gave it a closer look today. Quick clean, lubrication, threaded up, sewed very well. The decals are 95%, the brightwork needs a clean.   The black paint is very nice with just some minor chips on the front middle edge. The spoon bobbin thread guide is missing here, as well as its spring.  Meanwhile it just needs a thread feed from above to work? I hope so.   Would love to get this working: ) A video of its clever action is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLezdpNTFGs It's in need of some attention to the wood finish & brightwork, that's all. Hopefully: )    Looks very appealing to me & it sews so well, as well... Small adjustment to upper tension & that was all.  Next is needles!? 12 x 1 if you can find/afford them, or look for the nearest modern indus

1889 Singer VS3 hand crank

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Recent Ebay find is this 1889 Singer VS3 hand crank machine. This is the predecessor to the 28 series machines. Showing much use, but looks interesting to me: )  I was looking for a hand crank for my 1888 Singer IF, & it may fit. Even if it doesn't,  (It doesn't; ) this one looks like it only needs a little TLC to do its job again. 130 years later. How cool is that? Had some minor problems on delivery. Damaged case & base... The flimsy cable tie was not sufficient to hold 25lbs of cast iron to the wooden base during shipping... Needed the Coffee here. It is not easy to pack a vintage sewing machine to survive modern shipping methods... Above is the proof. However it is a deserving machine & I'll get it running well for someone: ) Today, 17 December, its new shuttle carrier arrived & I can now get on with it. I want to get it stitching before spending any time cleaning it up. Fitting the new shuttle cradle did not solve the problem. Only when I tried another

Singer 99K Centennial

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Had this machine for a good while with little use. Centennials are from 1951, mostly. This one has SN EG043209 which = late 1950, so it looks genuine. Almost perfect cosmetically. One chip above the Singe R & another at 10 o'clock from it. Very cool else. Stitches well but the motor is a little slow. Probably the controller, but I haven't tried another yet. It's getting a service/checkover currently pre Ebay listing. All my non Slants are going soon, & this is one of them: ) Love the 99Ks & this is a good one in its original Mock Croc case.   The 99Ks are never rare in UK, but in fine condition they are uncommon: ) This one is uncommon; )

Singer 66K hand crank 1926

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Recent find at Wooton-under-Edge Car Boot Sale. No fancy Lotus or Sphinx decals, just Plain Jane black handwheel, nose & back plate, with the simpler decals as found on the 99Ks of the period. The head is in good mechanical & cosmetic order & it stitches very well. Now!  Was solid on arrival but just needed a good clean, WD40 & oil to free it. Clearly not been used for a good while, but was well maintained in use. I put a new needle in it, checked the timing, threaded it up & it did a perfect stitch without even adjusting the upper tension: ) Two layers of thin clothing leather here. It impressed me anyway. Not a single loose/missed stitch, even on the corners. No show-through with yellow or blue either side. That impressed me & I thought it would therefore be good to spend a little more time on the casing. This type of handcrank was never stressed much in use, & is therefore an excellent prospect for adding a motor now: ) Knowing light leather crafters use

Singer 411G switchable Treadle & Electric

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Came across this machine recently, & it is unusual & intriguing!  It is in fine cosmetic condition but I don't have it in my actual possession yet. Current Covid restrictions don't allow travel to pick it up from 100miles away in London, unfortunately. (Could be Easter before I can do so) Nevertheless I can do some research meanwhile, & I'm not finding much online. GrowYourOwnClothes website being the exception. So I show the (very low res) Ebay pics here. Tantalisingly showing the Manual page insert for this version, which is only partially legible... Standard Treadle Handwheel details for comparison. The central knob has the usual cracks, but not too bad. Obviously the missing knob will be hens teeth... The actual Manual & Insert is hopefully in the post to me currently, & I'll post good photos of it when I get them. It's an intriguing machine nevertheless & in use the missing knob will not be crucial. I mean you are hardly likely to be sw