|Hilda: Inherited from the lady next door who sadly died, now in the hands of charity|
|original ebay listing picture|
|The iron treadle base has been cut out of the oak table|
|All shiney and new|
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The point of this post is to tell you about another site I have found which deals with restoration and maintenance of old machines. It's from the very worthwhile charity "Tools for Self Reliance" which sends out hundreds of vintage machines to the third world every year. They publish a guide on how to overhaul a machine ready for use by people in Africa who need to make their own living by sewing. So this site is useful if you have machines you want to use or machines you acquire and don't know what to do with and would like them to go to a good cause. Personally, with 6 vintage machines that I use every day, I cant afford the servicing bills, so this site is very handy for me as I am now a self sufficient machine mechanic, and if I decide ever to give any of my machines away, then this is where they will go.
Click here to see the manuals :