Friday, 22 June 2018

(T)rusty Rover repair

The faithful Rover is about 22 years old now, so it's no surprise there are some rust issues.
The sills were welded a few years ago and they seem to hold up well, so it was time to cut out the rust and weld some new patches to the rear wheel arches.

Sunday, 17 June 2018 Annual Club weekend

This year's annual camping weekend took us to Friesland. It is always nice to tour the beautiful landscapes and small towns here.  This time there were no pre-1950 cars, but later Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Triumph and Rover cars.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Lovely Lotus SP Sewing machine

 I had seen this Elna Lotus in the second hand store when I bought the Gazelle, but I'd left the Lotus in the shop as I thought it was bit modern. But thinking about it mad me go back and it was still there, so I got it home. See how small it is in the back of the MG.  
This machine does not come in a box: it is designed in such a way that the three lids open up as petals of a flower and everything fits inside . This is an innovative design by Marcel Fresard. In 1968 it was considered quite a breakthrough. The first compact sewing machine in the world without a separate carrying case, sewing table or accessory box.
 Complete with almost all accessories and handbook.
 Two books: a machine manual and a sewing guide. 
 Inside there is metal and plastic, but it is very clever.  
 Even the Dutch housewives approved.
Under the top lid the tools and accessories are stored neatly .
See how small the machine is compared to the usual sewing machine (Victoria) case. 
The complete Lotus is about the same size as an Elna Grasshopper without the  case
 This Anker is huge compared to the Lotus.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Another Gazelle sewing machine!

I bet this is another Haid und Neu manufactured machine. It has the same script as our other Gazelle. But this is a much older machine, though I have no means ot dating it yet. This one is a vibrating shuttle machine, so it is in the Singer 127 class. I found it in a second hand store. The box was locked and there was no key. What I could see through the gap looked shin, so I thought it was promising enough to buy it. When I got home I found the other Gazelle had a key that fitted. The machine that emerged is a real beauty.
 Script is the same as the other Gazelle.
 Though it was dusty, the black laquer is in perfect condition and everything works like it should.
 This needlepad still had some sharp needles.

 When I opened the machine I found this message from the past, giving clear instructions how to spool the bobbin.
 Clever chain to keep the machine balanced when open.

 I only had to thread the top wire to have the machine sew without any issues.
This is a special lamp for the Gazelle it even has Gazelle on the bulb. The bulb is dead, but I'm not sure if I'll renew it.