Monday, 27 February 2017

The Singer Stylist 500 Series - 502

The SINGER Stylist


 Sewing Machine

Just recently, while browsing the net this intriguing machine caught my eye, it was marked for sale at 20NZD, so I'm not surprised that it'd come with it's fair share of problems.

Fortunately from the above photo we can see there isn't any major rust on the inner workings and what is there can be simply removed.

This machine uses a plastic variation of the Apollo bobbin case. From what I've ascertained this means that this machine will work better with plastic class 66 bobbins.

Here we have a view of the grime underneath the plastic fascia
It's remarkably similar to the older 300 and 400 Stylists underneath it all.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Singer Style-O-Matic - 328

The SINGER 328P 


 Sewing Machine

Late one Sunday night in January I came across this beauty on our local auction pages, soon after the Singer bug bit me with the 401G.

*Work In Progress*

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Singer Slant-O-Matic - 401G

The SINGER 401G 


 Sewing Machine

Now, Technically this is not the first Singer, nor sewing machine to enter my life, However it is the first one I have actually spent my money on!

While browsing the listings on TradeMe (Kiwi eBay) one night this unusual machine caught my eye, At this stage I already have a perfectly good Bernina 707 - it performs a perfectly fine straight stitch and zig-zag, but unlike the 708 or 730 it unfortunately does not come with any pattern cams, so this was a first for me to see how a sewing machine produces special stitching.

This Singer was advertised with a $25 buy now and after confirming the seller was willing to ship it to my neck of the woods I made the purchase. 

When the machine came I was astounded by the beauty of the design engineered by the Singer Manufacturing Company, the auction photos didn't do it any justice. 

The 401G was manufactured in Karlsruhe, Germany between 1954

This 401G came with the following defects: 

-    Broken spool pins, and damaged pattern plate from
     someone jury-rigging a method to compensate these broken pins.

-    Old lint, dust and threads all through the lower case and bobbin area. 

-    There is a small patch on the pillar next to the stitch length selector and 
     Singer logo where the paint has disintegrated away.

-    The bight control (the red lever on the right, next to stitch pattern selector)  
     was broken off internally.