Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Back On Line

   I was trolling the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore this morning and saw something I didn’t know existed – a blackside Singer 15-91!

   I know that several Singer models received the blackside treatment on faceplate, slide plate, and needle plate from 1941 to 1953 but had only seen it on 128s, 66s, and 99s.  According to the Bluebook, the 15-91 was manufactured from 1933 to 1956 so the production was within the period of blackside machines, but in my 40 plus years of collecting vintage sewing machines, I have never seen a model 15 in blackside.  I thought about buying it but after considering  condition, price, and space to put it, I let it stay.

I have not been very faithful in posting on this blog or answering questions because I have had other priorities.  We sold our big house and bought two small houses – one in Maryland for summers and another in Florida for winters.  The Maryland house was a fixer-upper and required much work.  Patching and paint on every paintable surface, all new flooring, all new appliances, leaking toilets and other things.  Then we discovered that the gas line to the cooktop was leaking and, since the line is buried inside the concrete slab foundation, we had to have a new line run through the attic.  We still need to get that line boxed in to get it out of sight.  About the time we got things kinda wrapped up in Maryland, we went to Florida just in time to have Hurricane Irma blow the carport off that house.

Fortunately, there was almost no damage to the house (just a small puncture in the roof) but it has been about ten weeks now and the contractor has not come to replace the carport.

I will probably not be posting as often as I used to because I just don’t have much to talk about.  All my vintage sewing machines are gone and the supply seems to have dried up around here.  I occasionally see a rusty hulk that was probably pulled out of a barn after decades of storage and a few Asian machines but nothing that sparks my interest.