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Singer 27 Treadle Makeover

Saturday, June 1, 2013
I look on Craigslist for sewing machines all the time... what can I say - I'm obsessed!

Last week I found a treadle for a deal I couldn't pass up.  I worked to clean it up but the finish was 'gummy' and really quite ugly.  I know collectors are all about having the original paint and all the gold detail in tact but I threw my hands up in the air and took some paint stripper to this machine and boy am I glad I did!  I LOVE the bare-metal look!

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Once I got the machine stripped and cleaned off I soaked the other metal parts in alcohol and then polished them with metal polish, put everything back on and then I greased and oiled all the moving parts.

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Once the machine was finished I turned my attention to the cabinet.  The plywood on the flat surfaces was peeling up and lots of water stains on the top and the finish was dull.

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I dripped glue underneath the layers that were peeling and used my air compresser to blow it in further.  I used clamps to hold it down until it was dry.  I glued some other parts that needed help and used my brad nailer to add strength.  I sanded the flat work surfaces, stained and put some polyurethane on all the wood surfaces to protect it over the years.  I cleaned the cast iron legs and oiled the moving joints and added white ceramic knobs to the drawers.

I am stoked with the results!

MORE PICTURES JUST FOR FUN:
The serial number dates this machine back to 1904!

All clean and pretty inside too!



2 comments on "Singer 27 Treadle Makeover"
  1. What kind of glue did you use for this restoration, I have one the same that is in need of some tlc, but I don't know what the best glue to get is, gorilla glue is all I have right now and its horrible stuff... Thanks!

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    1. Hi Matt!

      I'm pretty sure I used Titebond III for this project. Any of the Titebond glues are good, but Titebond III is waterproof and seems more durable to me.

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