Monday, July 29, 2013
Garage Find - Domestic
I bet you think I meant "Garage SALE Find" but it's not. Yesterday, I was cleaning out my garage and saw a sewing machine case behind some plywood leaning against the wall. I thought it was just an empty case but it turned out to have a Domestic sewing machine in it.
My daughter found this machine at a thrift shop for $8 and picked it up for me as a gift. I cleaned and oiled it when I got it but haven't used it since. We have lived in this house for three years and it has been stored on the floor of the garage all that time but when I plugged it in, it ran as smooth and quiet as a Necchi. With the left-needle position and having an end-loading bobbin, I put it early in the zig zag era, probably late 1950s or early 1960s.
I'm curious what was sewn on it previously because most of the paint is in good condition but there is a big chunk and several chunklets missing from the vertical pillar, inside the throat. What could cause that type of damage?
I used the machine for a project last night and the only problem is that the motor does not start immediately when depressing the foot control. Thinking this might be caused by corrosion in the foot control, I opened it up and cleaned the contacts but that did not cure the problem.
Next, I pulled off the end cover to make sure the belt was not too tight but it wasn't. The mechanics are free moving, so it doesn't need lubrication, I guess my next move will be to pull out the motor and check for dirt on the commutator.