Friday, 11 January 2019

Messerschmitt sewing machine (ready for take off)

I knew they existed, but it was a big surprise to be offered an actual Messerschmitt sewing machine from the Fifties or Sixties.
The company is better known for building airplanes during ww2. But after that war they had to revert to building more peaceful machines like sewing machines and even small cars. 
The logo is very similar to the logos used on the cars.
The rear of the machine is very clean. The motor is built into the body though the drive works by an external belt.
The bobbin and bobbin case look very different from the usual Pfaff versions. The bobbin is secured by a clip so it can't fall out while fitting the bobbin case.
This is where the bobbin case goes.
The accessories are stored in this plastic bag. 
The case is worn, but still protects the machine well.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Naumann and G.Kok (R.Knoch, Saalfeld) sewing machines

This is the second Naumann in the collection. This one is branded "Naumann" only in stead of  "Seidel und Naumann". Manufactured in Dresden Germany.
There are differences especially in the decorations, but also the stitch length lever is in a different position.
 The cover has some nice veneer and inlays while the name is written in "gold"
 Another interesting machine is the " G.Kok" 
The machine is Branded G.Kok. The name is printed rather crudely over the decorations. G.Kok might be the name of the importer of the machine or even a local retailer. Identical machines were made under the "Ossa" and  "Victoria" names.
 I suppose the "K" might stand for the Richard Knoch works in Saalfeld a/ Saale in Germany.
Though there are some very nice decorations on the case, the lack of a brand name suggests this machine was manufactured without branding so it could be sold onder different names.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Essex Miniature Sewing machine

Inside this rather small box you'll find a fully functional sewing machine. As it is a small machine it was often used as a toy but it is a very useful portable sewing machine. 
This sewing machine makes a very simple chain stitch and was manufactured from 1946 to 1956 by the Essex Engineering Works. The design was based on the Singer 20 model. This one might have had an electric motor at some time or other, but it works very well with the handcrank now. 

This is the rear. You can see were the electric motor was fitted to the base.
As you can see the manual refers to the "Essex Mark II electric portable".
I threaded the machine as per the manual and it made a perfect chain stitch without any adjustments.
Because of the chain stitch there is no need for a lower thread bobbin. The hook catches the thread and loops the thread around itself. Very simple and very clever.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Jeep XJ Baby Wagoneer heater valve failure

Our Baby Wagoneer has actually been very good and has proved to be a very reliable car but this time something actually broke, but it broke when I arrived home. Still it was a wet and steamy mess when the plastic part of the heater valve broke and dumped a lot of water over the engine. In the picture above the arrow convenietnly points on the broken connection.
I considered buying a new valve, but I wasn't convinced the plastic new part would be of good enough quality to last, so I opted for another kind of valve as used with domestic heaters. Of course I lost the option of the vacuum operated system, but it is a very sturdy piece of iron and brass, so I expect this to last a while at least.
Here it is fitted in place of the plastic valve. I found that probably I could have just used a straight piece of hose in stead as the heater controls inside the car seem to deliver hot or cold air as before. even with this valve completely open. Maybe in a hot summer I'll want to close it. Oh well, at least it looks suitably industrial.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Gritzner TS Sewing machine

According to the serial number this Gritzner sewing machine was manufactured in 1899 or even 1900. 
 Nice Gritzner badge.
 Mother of pearl inlays might make this a luxury version.
 These mother of pearl inlays seem to have been applied a little haphazardly.
 This wheel and crank unit is very similar to the version on the later R.




Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Burg Dynometer

A while ago I posted about the Tapley meter . I was surprised and delighted to be given another similar device from another manufacturer. This is the Burg Dynometer. Complete with instruction leaflet. It works in a similar way to the Tapley, but is smaller. I was told someone wrote "keep off" on the box in 1979, so it could be no one touched this meter since 1979.
A good view of the dial despite the air bubble. The meter can be mounted to the windscreen with a suction cup and should be mounted so the hand is at the 0 position then you adjust the yellow indicator near the hand. Then you can drive the car and accellerate or decellerate and the hand will move the in dicator so you can read deceleration or acceleration force.
The body is painted in an attractive "Off White"


Singer 66 1914' Daten-Kontrollbuch"

This is an interesting item. It is a "Daten-Kontrollbuch" dated 1914. It registered in detail the fact that a customer bought a brand new Singer 66D to the sum of 165 German Marks. He made a downpayment of 8 M. and a monthly payment of 5 M. was agreed.

This a a similar machine to the one the book refers to. A Singer 66. This one is a 66K manufactured in Scotland. In stead of the German manufactured 66D.
 The machine was paid in installments buying stamps to various amounts,
It is not clear if the full amount was due was met, but in the back of the book there was more information on how to have the machine repaired in case of breakage.
The back cover shows the familiar Singer logo.

Sunday, 7 October 2018