1891 Singer VS2What I've been able to find out so far:
Sometimes called the model 27-1
Machine "as found".
Contrast to this much better example. This photo courtesy of The Needlebar.
Bobbin Winder missing distributer arm.
Missing treadle belt guard
Missing tension assembly.
Lots of rust...
Faceplate - rusty...
Bottom. Missing shuttle carrier, shuttle, and Pitman arm.
Replacement treadle belt guard.
This replacement presser foot makes the rest look even worse!
Replacement tension assembly, with new check spring.
Not even bothering to install as yet!
Machine is slowly coming apart. Many frozen parts.
Parts kept in baggies so they won't be separated from their screws.
Shiny replacement Pitman arm temporarily installed.
My recently restored "Streamliner" next to the ancient VS2!
This one is a mess - and was obviously used as a parts machine at one point. However, it was cheap enough - $25 at a local antique street fair. The seller had around 8 heads, all the quintessential "barn find". I grabbed this one as it is the perfect candidate for a "hot rod" paint job - but it will be be a long process to get it un-frozen, disassembled, and restored.
Disassembly proceeds slowly, I'm letting WD-40 soak into frozen parts, then disassembling as gently as possible - which sometimes isn't very. The presser foot tension screw-in bushing, for instance, had to be unscrewed with considerable force.
I now pretty much have replacements for all the missing parts, the shuttle, shuttle carrier, and Pitman arm have all arrived from their respective eBay auctions - at decent prices. They look brand new! Once I finally get the machine torn down completely, I'll take final stock of what I have and start figuring out which parts can be saved vs. will need to be replaced. The bobbin winder assembly is already on the "replace it" list, probably the afore mentioned "presser foot tension screw-in bushing" as well.
I'm going to try to get it completely apart, with the exception of the main crank, which is apparently pinned in place - and there's no real reason to remove it anyway after over a century.
I've wanted a "Fiddle Base" machine for awhile, I've wanted a machine to "hot rod" for awhile. What I have zero interest in is anything to do with treadling - it will have a motor of some sort to propel it. Probably an electric motor - but at this point, other wild ideas are possible!