This little antique sewing machine was sadly in need of some TLC!
The base and case were suffering from damp and the machine itself needed a complete overhaul and clean. Dating from 1913 or earlier (it is stamped ‘Made In Germany’) the little Vesta is a 3/4 size handcrank sewing machine with a long bobbin and transverse shuttle.
I think what most attracted me to this machine though was the wooden base which has inches and centimeters markings inlaid along the front and a tiny red velvet pincushion on the lid of the accessories compartment.
It took a couple of days of dismantling, cleaning, oiling and rebuilding to get the machine ready to sew, but only 20 minutes to get the tension and stitching adjusted. It sews beautifully and the bobbin winder works perfectly too.
I used my little Vickers to make Harris – the patchwork pin dog and I’ve also used it to make wool braid at the upholstery class I’ve been attending.
Last weekend I finally got around to repolishing the carry lid and it has come up beautifully. Luckily this little machine came with all its original attachments and the original key (these are so often mislaid) so I decided to attach the key to the lid handle with some black grosgrain ribbon.
Now – this really and truly is my very last antique machine refurbishment – well apart from the old Vickers still hiding in the garage!!!