Not to interject out of turn, but this thread has me interested! I have a Singer 347 that says "Made In Great Britain" on the case below the hand wheel
and on the body, and it appears to have been made in the 60's perhaps, maybe later, but is in stellar shape, not a scratch or ding on her, and as it appears she is original and in the portable case, she's hard for me to put a date on with any certainty. But for styling and externally the minor dirt/wear on the outside case lid, she could have come from the store last week. I think I got her for maybe 5-10 bucks at an auction
in Tennessee a few years ago. I was amazed that only one other person bid on her, but too many people toss things I would rather repair, so I should not have been surprised at all, I suppose - disposable society prevails everywhere even moderately industrialized, evidently.
I want to take a Bimini
top I recovered from the woods at a boat yard (the fabric
appears shot) and reverse engineer
the patterns from the original top. After I mark the pieces for relationships to one another, and then rip the thread patterns loose, I want to transfer everything to new Sunbrella or similar canvas, and rebuild
the thing on the bent frame I also found in that woods trash pile. I have two canvas assemblies that I believe are the top and the dodger
, and then the frame. If I can confirm they will mount to Eclipse
, would the Singer 347 of Great Britain production vintage be able to handle the new variants of canvas fabrics? Are there some to stay away from for this or any other reason, to include high cost (a real problem for me, now I keep falling into the hospital these days - I am NOT giving up though!!!
How about repairing sails
for my Hunter
27? There are some minor chafe areas I want to cover, but also I want to add some reinforcement patches where the spreader tips would rub the jib
. I am also considering the possibility of making a genoa
and a couple smaller jibs/storm sails
and maybe a steady sail for anchoring
The last thing I am considering with this machine is making new cushions
and mattresses for this Hunter
, using the old ones for patterns again, and also some far lighter work (curtains for the Admiral, a vent chute for the forward hatch
, and maybe a spinnaker
if I get really adventurous, considering the far lighter fabric used for that, who knows, maybe I will even attempt some house-wrap Tyvek material for alternative sail experimentation).
I have already used this machine to make clothing
and it does quite well with effortless work on clothing
fabric up to at least three layer denim (assuming I use denim needles for the denim). I have not attempted leather (yet).
So is this machine likely up to this use set, and if so (if marginal as well) what are some pointers that we novice
tailors could use to make for best use of these old machines in accomplishing this sort of task load? How would she behave on a small inverter
, and how many watts would be ideal for this thing? The British nameplate rates it as ".95 amps, 110-120v, CY:50-60" (assume this is cycles in the power grid?). The plate also has a UL symbol on it, if that helps date her.
The fact she is portable makes me want to use her on the boat issues listed, especially if cruising, but even on land when not. I just don't really look forward to breaking her if she is not up to the task of what I would consider less than major work. Breaking a needle I can deal with, but breaking the machine would be a shame if someone who has attempted such a thing has already suffered that fate (I won't hold anyone liable, I only want to know if I am wasting my time with thinking about this), Especially if durable replacement parts
are going to be an issue. Any idea how much of which heavy materials or thread types I could use with this machine without royally screwing her or my projects up?