Sunday, November 13, 2011

Singer 66 before and After

Remember this?

It is now this.  I am quite pleased with myself.  The box was painted with red acrylic paint that I thinned with water.  The details were done with paint markers.  I have to paint stuff I built, because my carpentry skills...well, lets just say they are still under development.  You know the saying: A little putty and a little paint, makes a carpenter what she ain't.  Instead of the more usual storage area to the right, under the crank, I chose to make a bed extension to the left.  I think I will add some brass handles on the sides, to make it easier to carry.

Even through there are wobbles and goofs, the overall effect is pretty.  Reminds me of a painted caravan from one of Kaffe Fassets books. Below is a detail of the machine's decals that served as the inspiration for the design.  (NB:I would not do this type of decoration on an original base or box.  It that case, I think it is more timeless to restore it to it's intended appearance.  But if I build it, I get to play however I want.  The people at my future estate sale can talk about me all they want!)

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Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Fun! I found a picture of a wooden base that has a 'fold out' table, kinda like the one on a Featherweight. My hubby is going to try that (and a base) next spring for my 66 that doesn't have a home yet.

Magpie Sue said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! It looks like a gypsy's sewing machine. I LOVE it. In fact, I was just thinking about you and your hand crank machines during the high winds and hail we've had the last couple of days. I would be sewing by hand and flashlight if we lost our power for any length of time. (And I would be very cold!)

DragonPoodle said...

Love that box! I will probably steal the idea of a gypsy box from you, just like I stole your handwheel knob idea. Keep those ideas coming!

Beautiful restore job, also.

Elizabeth said...

My husband the carpenter always says "Putty and Paint make the carpenter a saint."

What a beautiful base. I am inspired.