Saturday had a small adventure that included a drive I normally do for the day job. I journeyed up to Daly City to see a vintage industrial Singer sewing machine, a 150w3. Because of our weekly shift at the per adoption center, we needed to be up and on the road early. There was the normal filling of the gas tank and acquiring caffeine. Then we stopped at U-Haul to pick up the small open trailer I had reserved. There was no way the machine was going to fit in my SUV, an while it would have fit in Kel’s van, the trailer has a much lower deck. The assumption was that this piece would be heavy.
The drive up took longer than it normally would as pulling the trailer, especially with it unencumbered, required slower speeds than normal for me. I didn’t twitch too much. We found the address via GPS easily enough. Then came the truly challenging part. Daly City is essentially a suburb of San Francisco. If you’re old enough to have watched the TV show The Streets of San Francisco you may remember how steep many of those streets are. Not only is this street one of what I think of as the extra steep ones (so grateful to not be driving a stick), it’s a dead end. Not a cul de sac with a little turning bubble, but a dead end. So very carefully, I managed to get both the vehicle and trailer turned around, though by the time I was done it was way beyond a 3-point turn. See the image below from Google Maps. The yellow arrow is where I had to pull in, the orange is the direction I had to back the trailer then my SUV, and the green is the final parking spot.
The drive and turning challenge were absolutely worth it though. The machine belonged to the seller’s grandmother who was a seamstress who did draperies, leather work and a multitude of other things. It was obviously well used and well taken care of. As expected of an industrial machine, the motor is sizable and mounted under the table. There is a knee bar but it does operate by using the treadle peddle. A test sewing on the scrap leather on it showed she sews like a dream. The table itself is a thick butcher block piece on a cast iron treadle base. It has a separate bobbin winder and dowels embedded into the table top to hold extra bobbins and thread cones. A small work lamp is also a part of the table. There is a drawer on the left that has extra needles, bobbins, throat plates, presser feet and more. Another bonus is the machine cover that was obviously made by her previous owner. The first two photos are from the seller’s listing, and the remaining ones are from the spot of my garage she has claimed.
I spent time today cleaning and organizing the garage. Considering the power draw this machine has, and the fact that the garage is the only room with all ground capable outlets, I think it is a good place for her. A bit more work out there, and I may have a proper workshop. My electrified workbench with riser and shelf is already out there so it will certainly be a good set up.