We had 60 plus degrees today. All the snow that fell last weekend is rushing down the streams to the Susquehanna River. I am not complaining. It was delightful to work in the shop with no fire burning. We did light a fire first thing, to take the chill off of the sewing loft. It was colder inside than out. I didn't make it out to the loft to work. I got way laid in the shop.
A neighbor called and came over with two of her machines and some photos of a Singer 44-90. She wondered whether she should buy the 44-90 and what to offer. What could I say? The machine has been in the basement for 12 years. I told her to offer 50 bucks.
Then she showed me her Singer Merritt. I advised that I wasn't interested in working on it. It was a bit rusty and not worth the effort.
She had a New Home 600, I failed to photograph it. I worked on it for a bit, got the "squeak" out but couldn't access the shuttle gears. Screws too tight. I returned it to her today and she will sew her project and then return the machine to me to complete the service. I happened to look at the top shelf in the shop after she left. There I had a New Home (flat bed , hers was a free arm) and the exact Singer Merritt. Who knew?
I then was finally able to get to the 31-15. I want to use it for free motion. quilting. The presser bar pressure doesn't release enough for me to move the fabric. I guess I never serviced this machine. Nor had anyone else in the past thirty or more years.
I worked and worked and was finally able to get the presser bar OUT of the machine. I cleaned out a lot of crud before I took this photo. Looking at it now, it doesn't look that terrible. Trust me, the stuff I am getting off of those parts looks exactly like, well, MUD.