|Object of Desire: Belvedere Adler. Spoiler alert: The story has a sad ending.|
|WW8: Fascinating to be able to watch everything working|
I buy machines all the time and for lots of reasons. Sometimes I just feel sorry for them. There they sit, all sad and pathetic, and I know that if I don't take them home they will end up in the scrap yard. Sometimes these turn out to be wonderful machines. The Wheeler & Wilson's No. 8 was one of my all time best-buys.
Sometimes I want to save other people from them. That's how I ended up with three Singer 285s. The first one was a gift, and I was thrilled to play with it and examine its funky drive train.
There was NO EXCUSE for buying the next two. None. But I was afraid some nice young person would come along and think "wow, what a cute vintage Singer" and ruin her life.
|Singer 316G, an enduring love affair|
Sometimes I just fall madly in love. Madly, passionately in love. And usually this works out.
But not always.
In a two week period I acquired not one but two Adler Belvederes (or maybe it is Belvedere Adler).
I would not even call this love---it was lust. Primal lust. This machine is the epitome of postwar coolness. Look at the space age silhouette.
Look at the gleaming chrome. Look at the awesomeness of the dials. It should be in a movie set.
In a movie set, but NOT in a sewing room.
Yes, it looks all postwar strong, and it is the usual horrendous weight of cast iron machines. I've been trusting unknown machines based just on the weight. This time that did not pay off.
This gorgeous machine has a serious, life threatening defect: a geared plastic component just waiting to break.
Of my two Belvederes, one of them is fine—so far. The other one is now a straight-stitch only machine because a gear deep inside has a big section of missing teeth.
I will be listing the working one for sale later, and the ad will link back to this posting. I'm a full disclaimer seller. The price will be low. We've got a nice movie industry here in North Carolina. Maybe someone will buy it for a movie set.