Here’s the final decal and paint work. I don’t have a shuttle that’s working just now, but when I do, I will try to get it actually sewing.
I have to say, it is a little un nerving, looking at a bright blue machine.Seems improper for it to not be black! I would never repaint a machine unless it, like this one, had nothing to lose. Otherwise, I think they earn their worn spots. ( just spelled worn “warn”. I spell with a Midwestern accent.)
This machine, however, had a history that was not so good, and so i thought I’d try having a little fun with it. The paint is no where near as durable as the original finish, called japaning, and made similar to enamel, with a backing/firing process. I may learn more about it and paint it over again someday, but for now, this is as far as it goes. I can’t spend on a shuttle ( about $30), a bobbin winder (ditto) when there are Singer 128’s to be had for less than that, and I’m not willing to strip a functioning machine for parts, so this is where it stops, I guess. A bit of a bittersweet finish, really, because I got in over my head. However, I will just wait and see. I don’t need to do anything with it right now, and if I get to go to a TOGA (gathering of treadle machine enthusiasts) I will drag it along and seek wise counsel.