Well, it’s not new but I have acquired a new vintage sewing machine. Yahoo! Not a featherweight this time. This time it is a Singer 306K and of course it is in a table. Want to see it? Of course you do!
I probably should give a little background….. Last fall my Aunt passed away. While we knew it was coming, we still didn’t anticipate things to quite go the way they did and there has been some sadness off and on between me and Small Blonde. My mom has the job of cleaning out her house which had been my Grandparents. During my last trip down, she wanted to make sure I saw the sewing machines in case I wanted them. Both are in tables and both are Singers from the days when Singer was making a quality machine. The first one I looked at was probably from the 1960’s or 1970’s. It was not what I remembered my Grandmother sewing on. I passed on it. Then I went to look at the other one and remembered this one as the one my Grandmother sewed on. At first I wasn’t going to take it. Then I realized I just couldn’t pass on it. So it got loaded. She is kinda pretty and is in pretty good shape, although she still needs some servicing.
One of the fun things about Singer is that you can look up the serial number and see when your machine was made. This particular one was made in March of 1955. Once I started looking it up, I learned that it had a few cool things. It has an extra-large bobbin (Woohoo! Less winding!) and it was one of the first models to include zig zag capability through the use of cams. Thankfully, I have all of the cams original to the machine as well! I’ve never had a machine that uses cam before so this should be interesting.
There are a couple of weird things – the first is that in order to change the bobbin you have to tilt the entire machine back. Guess that is another good reason for extra capacity bobbins! I know it’s not a terribly good picture, but you can see the underneath of the machine and the bobbin shuttle.
I like to do research on things so it was no hardship to do a little reading before I starting taking a good look at it and I’m glad I did. Turns out that the other weird thing is that it doesn’t take standard sized needles – those are too long. The needles it does use are shorter between the eye and the point and thankfully there are still a couple of sizes available to purchase.
So far it seems to work okay, but the belt has a bit of a kink to it and so it catches and doesn’t turn with the belt. To that end it shall soon be off to be cleaned and serviced. I’m excited to think that it will make a nice secondary machine (once I get the hang of using it) that I can leave in the main living area so I can sew while still keeping an eye on the boys or hanging out with the rest of the family. At least I hope that will be the case once she is returned to me ready for use!
For the record, once I got home I felt like I made a terrible mistake in not taking the other machine and so I’ll have to make one more trip to pick it up. I’ll be sure to make a full report when I do. You knew I wouldn’t be able to really pass on it.