Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday Shopping Adventure

This week I'm going to introduce you to two new sewing machines I purchased from Craigslist.  My sister wanted to learn how to sew but did not have a machine. Of course, being the good sister that I am, I just had to help her out by getting her a machine of her very own.   The first the first one I purchased was a green colored machine made by White.  It came in a suitcase like carrying case and was perfectly operational. It's only needed to be cleaned up and the foot pedal wiring recovered with shrink tubing as it there were a few spots that were a bit worn.

It turns out my sister is very finicky about color and really does not like the color green (I found this out AFTER buying the machine).  Fortunately,  I only spent $25 dollars on the green one.  Now I was on the hunt for a blue machine, since that is her favorite color.  I was quite fortunate to find one that same day and it also was made by White.  The blue lady also worked wonderfully and had a zig-zag function.  After a bit of cleaning up and a fresh bobbin tire, she was as good as new. 

So, at the end of this little adventure, my sister and I both had a sewing machine - mine green and hers blue.  Not bad for Saturday afternoon, don't you think?  Here are some pictures of our new acquisitions for you to enjoy.


  1. Wow, congratulations on the great finds!! And belated thanks for your "adventures" which are helping me with my recent sewing machine additions. :)
    ~Christina in Cleveland

  2. I'm glad my prolonged voyage into the unkown is helping you! Putting Ms.Rusty back together is taking longer than I thought. It doesn't help that I get distracted with other "new" machines like these two Whites ;)

  3. Hi! I recently found your blog because I just bought a 1951 Singer 201-2, and I was looking around the net for info on them. Mine is in good working condition, just oiled and greased her up per the instruction manual. I am concerned about the power cord though--it has a few cracks where the cord bends. I don't see the wires, and just the outer black portion is cracked so that I see a white layer underneath. Do you think this is cause for concern? Should I replace the cord? I wondered if the shrink tubing you mentioned above would be a possible solution, or even just some electrical tape?

    1. I would recomend you cover the cord with something to avoid a possible electrical short in the future. I like the shrink tubing as its fun to work with, but electrical tape would work as well. If you want, I can do my next post on how to repair a cord with shrink tubing.

  4. I would definitely be interested in reading about that!! Thank you for your reply :)

  5. ooh, I love the green one!

    and another vote for a shrink tubing tutorial!

    Cheryl Warren

  6. Hey, I'm so glad you're here! I just bought a 201k23 from eBay and I have everything crossed that she's in acceptable condition once I get a look at her insides.

    Btw, I wholeheartedly approve of your refurbishment, and little improvements, like the powder coating. A sewing machine is, first and foremost, a tool and, at the age these ladies can reach, if they are in need of an overhaul to get them back in shape, that's ok with me. :-)

  7. I recently purchased a 1950s Singer and the wiring is rotted out. My husband replaced the wiring to the foot control etc., but we haven't a clue how to replace the wiring to the light. So I keep checking back on this ol' blog of yours to see how to replace the wiring for the light!
    Hope your busy life slows down a bit and you get back to the last bits and pieces of that rusted out Singer you've made look so nice!

  8. Hiya Elle :)
    I was wondering if you were planning on continuing your journey through the 201's a wonderful resource (especially since I have just bought a pretty rusty 201 myself ;) )

  9. Please can we see how Ms Rusty is getting on? I spent the whole of yesterday evening reading the blog from beginning to end, and I would love to know if she is back in one piece.

  10. I really like old vintage things. My wife really wants a sewing machine. I'll have to look on Craigslist and see if I can find some machines like that.
    Gary Puntman |

  11. This is a great blog.

    I've found several vintage Whites on craiglist and they've turned out to be such good machines. That was a very nice thing to do for your sister!

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