Monday, 23 April 2018

Three's no crowd! Singer 99K 1958, Gritzner R 1927 and Seidel & Naumann KL9

Sometimes when you don't expect to find anything, you catch three good machines. It must be like fishing. Here we found a nice 99k in one shop and two nice 128/120 "inspired" machines in another shop almost next door. 
There are so many of these around that you could almost build a collection from this class of machine. Here you see the Naumann Kl9 and the Gritzner R we found.
 The similarity of these machines makes it hard to spot the differences under the bed.
 Luckily the Gritzner has a bold badge. Serial number points to 1927
And the R in gold decal
 Of course these are vibrating shuttle machines.
 Nice decoration on the bed.

The Naumann script is much clearer than the Gritzner.
 Gritzner is shinier though.
 But the Gritzner comes with this nice bentwood case
The Naumann was sold by the Lewenstein firm. This name later appeared as a sewing machine brand too. 
 This Naumann was nice and oily. Nothing frozen here.
 The Seidel & Naumann script badge on the bed.
 Decorations are a bit thin, but different.
 Overall a nice machine.
Obviously this Singer 99k is a much later machine. According to the serial number database it was manufactured in 1958. Just a few years later than our 1955 99k, but there are interesting differences. 
 Sadly this one didn't come with a case and the metal lid is missing, but the body is nice.
 The famous horizontal 66/99k bobbin. Very easy to change

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dabla Deluxe sewing machine

A good day to hop into the Morris to adopt another old sewing machine.
This weirdly named Dabla seems to be  predominantly a Singer  class 15 clone, but with some 66 features at the head of the machine.
 Typically class 15 under the bed I'd say.
 The needle seemed to catch, but after refitting the shuttle race it was running smoothly.
I wonder what the Dabla brand was supposed to signify. There's no information about this brand of sewing machines I can find.
Typical Japanese stitch length lever. Smallest setting is 20 stitches per inch.
Even though it is a straight stitch machine it is a  proud 'De Luxe'.

The 'Majestrola' Gramophone

Look: no batteries!
Crank it up and play.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Soup & Spanner day

As it was a sunny day we took Big Al the Austin Seven Opal for a drive. The destination was the annual Soup & Spanner day of the Dutch AMRWR.
Cars ranged from 1938 to 1989
The soup was prepared with technical assistance from the Citroen BX club.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Pfaff 130 Frozen Zigzag repair

The 1951 Pfaff 131 is in very good condition. It worked fine except for the fact the zig zag dial was frozen.  Probably caused by old oil solidified on the dial shaft. 
Here I have removed the dial. It comes off by undoing a set-screw in the lower part of the dial. The slot in the shaft is just a slot you can use later to find the correct position for the dial on the shaft.

Even soaking for several weeks in penetrating oil and brake cleaner didn't free the shaft.
This is the rear of the mechanism. the screw on the right adjusts the stitch position. Inside that forked end there is a nylon bush. I think that may be the secret to the silent running of this machine. 
Finally the shaft was freed by using a heatgun. It didn't need much heat to make the shaft move very easily. Now that the shaft could move without the dial, the dial setting was completely out of adjustment, so it took some time to find the correct setting, but finally the machine was sewing and zigzagging like a new one.