C’mon Dne’, a sewing machine? 😉
Dear friends, who says classic and vintage has to be only related to Cars and Trucks? This particular sewing machine from the ’50’s(?) is a classic! It’s incredibly heavy, and incredibly heavy-duty! Whatever one can put beneath the foot, it will sew! Only heaven knows how many yards this incredible machine has sewn over its lifetime!;)
Sew, why do I have a sewing machine you might ask? well, I plan someday to make ’50’s style kitchen furniture! and perhaps try my hand at car upholstery as well, and take up my clothes, etc. Plus it’s makes for good conversation!
Underneath the hood, an oil sump like a car! This thing was built to last! Very little maintenance!
The engine or motor I should say, goodness! ~ I have to use My Little Mule to move this machine around!
These numbers are no different from the serial number on a car. Tells when it was made and where.
Going a little deeper into my machine, I was worried about not getting oil to the important parts! This particular machine was used on assembly lines and required little to no maintenance due to self oiling. However, I never really saw any oil in the sight glass while sewing despite having a oil pan full of oil having sewn a few things, but things were oily underneath. The pic below is about as much oil as I’ve ever seen in it, but I do not sew at full speed ahead either. I sew slowly and little bits at a time. I thought for sure oil would be flowing through this sight glass!
With heavy machine tilted back and resting on a 2×4 piece of wood, I could start checking this machine out. I want to know that oil is getting places! The oil I use is by Zipperstop, Lilly white sewing machine oil, of which I’m sure I purchased from Amazon;)
Checking out the impeller of the oil pump, it was in good shape and the drive shaft was turning it just fine. The screen was clear, all looks well!
Lastly, removing the top cover held by 2 screws, I found that the sight glass oil is supplied by a slinging effect, as the machine would roar at high speeds, the oil is directed by this oil sling diverter leading it to the sight glass. Unless you’re sewing at high speeds for long lengths of time, one will rarely see a “flow” of oil going through the sight glass.
Below, the silver thing is the divertor held by one screw. As the machine is revved up at much higher RPM’s than I sew, the oil would be slung onto this part, then dribbles into the sight glass.
Note: I made up the name for the part which I have dubbed the divertor, if someone knows the actual technical name, let me know!;)
With the divertor off, one can see the gears and realize that oil is slung up by the moving gears, and again, the oil spray is then channeled into the sight glass. But I never get the machine up that high in speed. I then ran the machine with the top cover off and at a high rate of speed, making a mess I might add, then oil started spewing through that little hole out of the brass pipe at the top of the pic, and oil slung off of the gears~ I made quite a mess!
So, the mystery is solved about the oil glass and is my machine oiling! I’m relieved knowing that my machine is operating properly and should be good for another 100 years! 😉
Let me know if this helped out there!! 😉
Sewing is absolutely a relaxation phenomenon~ it gets your mind off of everything, and one can make whatever his/her heart desires, or at least wants to learn. Everyone should sew!;)
I Love the ’50’s and I’m sure I was born in the wrong era, but it’s still nice to be here during these uncertain times and look back and appreciate what real Americans were capable of making. We used to make cool stuff:(