Monday, May 06, 2013
Singer 221 Featherweight
Today, a lady dropped off a Singer Featherweight to be cleaned and oiled. At first glance, it looks pretty good - decals are fairly complete, only a few paint chips on the balance wheel, I think it would clean up nicely.
Then, I tipped it over and saw that the bobbin case is missing and the hook is quite rusty. I tried to turn the motor shaft with my fingers and learned it is frozen.
I took it home and removed the bottom plate and saw that very part made of steel is coated with rust.
When I called the owner to inquire about the bobbin case and to give her the $481 estimate for repair, she told me that the machine had been in her barn for about six months. I think she needs to recalibrate her calendar. -Ed