Vintage Singer Restoration

Very much a work in progress! Check back onto this post for updates.

  • Serial Number: R218061
  • Model: 28K
  • Date: 1902
  • Decal: “Victorian”
  • Vibrating Shuttle
  • Low Bobbin Winder
  • Manual Tension Release
  • Coffin Lid Case
  • Hand Crank
  • Screwdriver
  • Oil bottle
  • Key for the coffin case
  • 6 shuttle bobbins
  • Shuttle bobbin bullet case
  • Assorted sewing machine needles (from the 1960s)
So Far I have:
  • Dusted the whole thing, using a soft bristle painting brush.
  • Cleaned the wooden coffin case and wooden base. Using warm water and a mild washing up liquid solution.
  • Taken out the worst of the dust bunnies and lint build up from the bobbin area.
  • Cleaned the body of the machine with sewing machine oil.
  • Unstuck the further bobbin slide plate. Using WD 40.
Completed on the 6th March 2020
  • Cleaning the bobbin slide plates, and needle plates. Using an all purpose power cream surface cleaner branded “Bar Keepers Friend”, and isopropyl alcohol at 99.9% diluted with water.
  • Take off and clean the hand crank.
I am Currently Working on:
  • Cleaning the original screw driver and oil bottle. Also using the cream and alcohol.
  • Sanding and varnishing the screwdriver handle.
Next Steps
  • Bend the further bobbin slide plate into a straighter shape.
  • Look into the “oil wick”. Perhaps replace with new merino wool felt?