I went antique shopping today and even though I really didn’t plan on another sewing machine project I came home with one.
This was made in 1887 and it really is not in the best shape, but for 18 dollars I had to save it.
At some point in its life someone decided to re paint it ……you can see all the black paint on things that should not be painted.
The paint didn’t stick so well to the decals so a lot of it rubbed off, but the decals really are pretty much destroyed and trying to get the paint off without further damage is not easy. I have done some work on it.
I think I have it in working order (I need to put in a needle and give it a test) but it still needs a lot of cleaning. I am thinking about doing a total refinish since it is in such bad shape. That would include striping and repainting and new decals. I have not done that before because I usually thing it is better to embrace the age. What do you think?
I did some of the quilting on the tree but needed to take a break to rest my hands.
I’ll get back to that soon