You have heard me say it before, and you will hear me say it every time I run into these old machines.
I love these classic, straight stitch machines. Man, do they sew nice. They actually "purr".
Most of the problem with these old machines is just grime. They are dirty from the old oil attracting dirt and turning yellow and sticky. You end up spending 2-3 hours just cleaning up the oily scum. Here is a picture of the scrubbed down machine, waiting for a final polish and re-assembly.
The outside is just as important as the inside in my book. The outside is usually just as much work. Old yellowed, oil soaked parts need to be cleaned inside and out. The oil that is available today is superior to what was used in the 40's-50's.
Just like most of the classic, electric machines, I end up rewiring them.
This is the 2nd NECCHI I have worked on. They are extreamly well made and are also very quite running machines.
What a great, Old sewing machine.