My honey named the 1928 White Rotary ....
This is what she looked like in her original "outfit"... the sides are off in these pics for reno already!
And here she is after many painstaking hours of stripping, and sanding, then staining.. then touching up, then varnishing several times!!!
Anyway, the door is a cool place to store thread... but there is more! Look closer :)
Look at that cool little brass oil can that has a little home... my honey plans to "reno" that can so I can use it for oiling my machines when I use them... something vintage machines need regularly I am told! lol
And on the top of the door is a hidden door with this brass plate ... "Martha Washington Model".
The left side is a "pocket" of sorts... and was typical on this sewing machine cabinet when first produced. It came with special hinges to move the lid of the drawer out of the way and back into place... but the wood there is past worn out so I told my honey to leave it.. it is part of her history.. he still sanded a LOT! lol... but her previous life still shows through a bit! Francis is a good strong name for the good strong machine and cabinet she is though!
|A needle threader like I used! A tatting shuttle... lots of attachments too! And...|
|needles in this holder for the machine! I snatched these quick as I did a cool stilleto! :D|
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1928. All other history is unknown... she sews great though and now she has a beautiful renewed case to last the rest of her life :)
|Close up of her name plate :)|
|Look at all the cast iron scroll work on the bed, the front ...|
|add the far end too! So Beautiful!|
|Francis has a nice BIG wheel on her!|
|... And a view from the top!|
She is a straight stitch only... and has a matte finish on the cast iron called "crinkled" finish. Her wheel needs to be rechromed and she could use a bit more scrubbing... but look at this below!
She sews like a dream!
So total investment...Gas to pick her up (she was a Craigslist FREE find) $5.00
1 week labor... Sweat!
Stain and varnish we already had...
We bought stripper and have leftovers $12.00
We bought sandpaper $6.00
We bought an extension cord for rewiring... $3.00
>>> Knowledge in all those areas!!!<<<< Priceless!!!
So if you have the knowledge of refinishing furniture or are handy enough to learn it try it! But if you don't get electricity take the extension cord to your sewing machine person and let them do it for you! Electricity is nothing to mess with and you could short out your whole machine working with old wiring... luckily Francis has perfect condition wiring... but her cord from the cabinet was DANGEROUS! So we didn't even plug her in til we changed that out. We did not test her when we got her in that condition because she was FREE :)
Hope you have enjoyed these pics :) I enjoyed having a sunny day to take pics in! lol