Monday, 11 November 2019

Singer 15 NL-K "Nostalgia" series Sewing machine

 This is another interesting find. I didn't find it myself but received it as a kind donation to the ever expanding Sewing machine display. The machine design is very much like a Singer 15 should be, but it looks brand new and extremely shiny.
 There are differences that might point to the possibility of this one being a "Clone" The paint is indeed very shiny and the gold of the "RAF" decorations has a more yellow sheen than the Singer decorations of the old machines. 
Checking on shows that this machine was actually manufactured in the Singer factory Taiwan in the Seventies as a "Nostalgia"series.
 The decorations look pretty, though it is more of a yellow paint.
 They look more "printed" too.
There is even a "Bentwood" case, though the wood is more a more simple ply rather than a veneer.
 The metal parts have modern chrome that is very light and you can see scratches under the chrome. 
 The mechanical parts also show that these machines are not as well made as the original machines. But like a good Singer everything works flawlessly, though a little more noisily.
 These "Singer" branded accessories look very convincing. 
 "Singer" branding under the bed.
 All these variations make it another worthy addition to the collection. There's just one important question to solve now: Should it be kept with the Singers or should we regard it as a "clone"? 

Monday, 28 October 2019

"Wilhelmina" sewing machine

 I found this "Wilhelmina" branded sewing machine. I had seen one or two offered for sale, but never realised there were at least three versions. This one seemed the oldest version with a picture of the Dutch queen Wilhelmina who reigned from 1898 to 1948. This shows a young Wilhelmina, so it could be this machine was decorated to commemorate some anniversary, perhaps in 1918 or 1923. 
 The portrait looks very similar to an official portrait published in 1898.
 The machine itself is the usual German high quality machine of vibrating shuttle design.
 The floral decorations could be hand-painted
 This mother of pearl flower decoration is still all there. The others have lost their detail.
 This pretty lady is not Wilhelmina, but she seems to be holding a sewing machine.
 There is some lettering on the body. I can read L.A. Lewe....... could it be Lewenstein? Some Durkopp machines were branded "Lewenstein"and I have seen later models of "Wilhelmina" with "Durkopp" on the rear of the body.
I'm quite sure this gentleman knows, but there is no writing on this badge, but I hope to find what this badge signifies.  By the way note that nifty lever .
That lever actuates a pin that pushes the shuttle upward, so you can change the lower thread.  
Another nice detail is this roll top lid for the accessories. Although the wood is old and worn, the top still rolls out of the way.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Moody sky paddle

 Looks like summer is finally over. Look at the sky today!

Monday, 23 September 2019

Market Garden 75th anniversary: convoys and army camps

 To commemorate the 75th anniversary of operation Market Garden, several groups of collectors of military vehicles and reenactors staged convoys  and camps along the famous route from the south of the Netherlands to Nijmegen. We visited the final camp of the (mostly British and Belgian)"Liberation Task Force" in Slijk Ewijk and the next day we drove our Austin Ten to a layby on the route of the larger, mostly Dutch convoy. 
 The Liberation task force camp was very well laid out. Here the Belgian section was preparing their drive home after they' d asked us to take their photo with their cameras.
 The camp was built with very authentic looking equipment, so if you pointed the camera the right way it was all very convincing. Most people looked a bit tired after a week of convoying and waving to crowds.
 This convoy had several tanks and other large tracked vehicles too.
I call this a big gun on wheels, but I'm sure there is a more correct classification.
Though the tracked vehicles are impressive I like the large trucks best.
 Next day we took the Austin Ten to a lay-by along the route. Incidentally , this is situated on the German border.
 Everybody was busy waving. Whole families were piled on top of large vehicles like this DUKW
 And smaller bicycles and motorbikes
 This was probably the larges vehicle. We saw no tanks in this convoy.
 Smallest vehicle must have been this paratrooper bike.
 Flags all over the vehicles
 This driver was happy to see us
 Where to?
 All loaded up and kitted out

 Someone's mother in law?
 Don' t mind the smartphone.
 This must have been quite the restoration project.
Not an old vehicle, but a nice touch. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Morris Minor Hubcap tool

Originally a suitable tool to remove the hubcaps on a Morris Minor came with your car and if lost you can buy a small tool for this for very little money. Still, these tools seem to get lost easily and people try to remove their hubcaps with a screwdriver. This invariably damages the paint and makes the cap fly off with a lot of noise. 
I couldn't find my tool, so I just made this one out of a thick piece of steel wire. The hook was pounded flat so it fits under the cap. You can bend it so it fits your hand. If you make the tool a bit longer it will be even easier to use, but I wanted this one to fit a small toolkit in the car. 
Insert the hook under the rim of the hub cap, near the ¨buttons" that secure the cap and pull the cap off. It works on Minis and others too.