Carla Burke wrote:Looks like it's for leather boots and shoes. It also looks like you've got a job ahead of you, too respite it. What a VERY COOL find!!
Yes, these were quite adept at working on things like shoes and boots and it seems they were popular with harness makers. They were very versatile with the narrow arm, generous harp space, and a 360 degree rotating walking foot. Singer sold a wooden base to give it a more typical bed for when people want that, and many people make one themselves.
I wish it was in better shape, but if it were better it might have gone for a lot more money. It was frozen. I put quite a bit of force on the flywheel before buying it and it moved a little, so I figured it was just gummed up. I have it turning freely now. It seems to pretty much all be there as far as I can tell. Looks like it's missing the crank handle and a tensioner on the front where a household sewing machine would normally have one, but I'm not sure what it would be for since the one for the top thread is on top of the machine (maybe bobbin winding). The shuttle was surprisingly not very rusted and may be usable. I hope it will work out ok. It will be handy if it does.
And he said, "I want to live as an honest man, to get all I deserve, and to give all I can, and to love a young woman whom I don't understand. Your Highness, your ways are very strange."