OK...AS YOU MAY KNOW, THESE DON'T CROP UP VERY OFTEN AND WHEN THEY DO THERE ARE USUALLY NO DECALS ON THE BED...THEY'RE FILTHY...AND UNLESS THEY'RE IN A TREADLE, YOU CAN'T USE THEM....AND IF THEY'RE IN A TREADLE YOU MAY NOT HAVE ROOM FOR IT....

 

THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT AND TO BE HONEST I'M RELUCTANT TO SELL IT BECAUSE IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS SINCE I DECIDED TO START SELLING SEWING MACHINES I'VE ONLY SEEN A FEW IN BETTER CONDITION, ALL OF WHICH WERE IN TREADLES (ONE OF WHICH I OWN, SEE 'MY COLLECTION' AND HAVE NOT YET USED PRECISELY BECAUSE I NEED TO FIT IT AND ITS SPECIAL HINGES INTO A TREADLE...I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT SEWS!!! LOL...THE OTHER ONE WAS ''BUY-IT-NOW'' FOR £250 IF I RECALL) AND I KNOW HOW NICE THIS ONE WORKS AND BECAUSE IT'S NOT ''MINT'' LIKE MY OTHER ONE I DON'T HAVE TO BE SCARED TO USE IT AND SHOULD KEEP IT TO ENJOY IT!!! IT'S A TOUGH FLIPPIN' LIFE!!!

I'VE JUST THIS SECOND HAD A QUICK SEARCH ON EBAY FOR ''SINGER FIDDLEBASE'' AND ALSO ''SINGER VS2'' AND CAN ONLY SEE TWO...THIS FAR FROM PERFECT ONE AT £300...362554126846 AND THIS LOVELY ONE WHICH I WOULD SAY IS A BARGAIN (AND WOULD BUY MYSELF IF IT WAS NEARER) FOR £200...264212399815....AS YOU CAN SEE, BOTH IN TREADLES.

SO...THIS ONE HAS BEEN CONVERTED SO THAT IT'S ELECTRIC, SMALLER AND MORE USE-ABLE...I WOULD SAY THE CONVERSION WAS DONE BY THE OWNER WHO MUST'VE HAD SOME COURAGE TO TRY IT...I SAY THIS BECAUSE IT'S NOT EASY TO DRILL THREADED HOLES INTO CURVED METAL IN THE RIGHT PLACES SUCCESSFULLY UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING...AND BY THE LOOK OF IT THEY DIDN'T HAHAHA!!! THERE ARE ACTUALLY THREE HOLES!!! I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS BECAUSE THEY MESSED THE FIRST TWO UP OR WHAT BUT EITHER WAY THEY FINALLY MANAGED TO GET IT RIGHT! DON'T WORRY....YOU CAN'T SEE THE HOLES...THEY ARE UNDERNEATH THE CONVERSION PLATE WHICH HOLDS THE MOTOR. ALSO...THE BASE AND CASE...AS I SAID AS FAR AS I KNOW THESE DON'T COME IN CASES AND EVEN IF THEY DID THIS CANT BE THE CORRECT CASE AS IT'S DAMAGED DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE LID WON'T FIT ONTO THIS HUGE MACHINE WHEN IT'S GOT THE MOTOR ATTACHED...(BY THE WAY, THE MOTOR THAT WAS ON IT LOOKED DANGEROUS TO ME SO I'VE PUT THIS ONE ON...IMPORTANT!!!! ***SEE THE TEXT CONCERNING ELECTRICS IN MY F.A.Q. SECTION PLEASE***)

OK...LET'S HAVE A RE-CAP...

NEGATIVES:....THE DECALS HAVE SOME WEAR...THE FACE-PLATE WAS SO BADLY CORRODED THAT DESPITE MY BEST EFFORTS I COULD ONLY GET IT THUS FAR IMPROVED....THE BED HAS HAD SMALL HOLES DRILLED THROUGH IT TO ENABLE IT TO BE SCREWED TO THE BASE...THE CASE LID IS DAMAGED DUE TO BEING FORCED ONTO A MACHINE TOO BIG FOR IT...AND LASTLY...BECAUSE THIS IS A TREADLE MACHINE THE BOBBIN WINDER WAS INTENDED TO BE RUN BY RUBBING ITS WHEEL ON A TREADLE BELT...MEANING THAT YOU NOW CAN'T WIND A BOBBIN....HOLD ON, BUT YOU CAN!!!! LOL....BY SIMPLY TAKING THE SMALL RUBBER TYRE OFF THE WINDER AND REACHING THROUGH TO THE MAIN BELT, WITH YOUR FINGERS YOU CAN STRETCH IT DOWN AND ONTO THE WINDER WHEEL AND HEY PRESTO!!! IT WORKS FINE AND BOBBINS CAN BE WOUND....OK YOU SHOULDNT REALLY STRETCH A BELT THAT FAR TOO OFTEN BUT THESE BELTS ARE CHEAP AS ANYTHING AND UNTIL IT BECOMES TOTALLY USELESS YOU CAN ADJUST THE HEIGHT OF THE MOTOR TO REGAIN NECESSARY TENSION...I'D RECOMMEND DOING A LOAD OF BOBBINS IN ONE GO IF POSSIBLE TO HELP STAVE OFF REPEATED OVER-STRETCHING...SO IT'S ONLY A HALF-NEGATIVE REALLY LOL! (AND IF YOU ALREADY OWN A MACHINE THAT USES THIS KIND OF BOBBIN THEN YOU CAN OF COURSE IGNORE EVERYTHING I'VE JUST SAID AND SIMPLY WIND YOUR BOBBINS ON YOUR OTHER MACHINE).

POSITIVES:...FOR THIS RARE MACHINE THE DECALS ARE ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD WITH THE ONES ON THE ARM PRETTY MUCH PERFECT AND BRIGHT....THE BED MIGHT HAVE HOLES/SCREWS IN IT BUT AT LEAST THIS LOVELY VS2 CAN NOW BE USED OUT OF A TREADLE, SAME APPLIES TO THE DEAL WITH THE BOBBIN WINDER...AND WHO CARES ABOUT THE FAIRLY UGLY CASE LID ANYWAY?...ITS NOT A LOVELY BENTWOOD ONE AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO COVER THIS BABY UP???...AND HERE'S THE REALLY GOOD STUFF....IT'S NOT IN A HUGE, HEAVY TREADLE, IT'S ELECTRIC WITH A NICE RESPONSIVE MOTOR AND PEDAL AND!!! I TOTALLY STRIPPED THIS ALL OUT (IT WAS COVERED IN THICK BROWN SLIME AND HARDENED GREASE...AS WAS MY OTHER ONE) AND RESTORED, POLISHED AND RE-OILED EVERY PART AND IT STITCHES BLOODY MARVELOUSLY!!!! LOVELY SMOOTH ACTION AND A TOTAL PLEASURE I REALLY HOPE THIS GOES TO A GOOD HOME!

 

IN FACT IGNORE THAT HUGE ESSAY I JUST WROTE....IT'S RARE, IT'S BEAUTIFUL, IT'S CLEAN AND IT WORKS GREAT!

SINGER V.S.2 VIBRATING SHUTTLE (EARLY 27K) FIDDLE-BASE

SERIAL NUMBER: 8564864 YEAR: 1888...YUP 131 YEARS OLD...IT'S DOING A LOT BETTER THAN I AM HAHA! COMES WITH TWO ORIGINAL BOBBINS, NEW RED FELT, 3 NEW NEEDLE THREADERS AND A NEW 'BOBBIN-RUBBER-TYRE'

PRICE £150

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