I plugged it in to make sure it worked. It worked! Of course it would. It was made in Rockford Illinois in the 40s.
I guess my new friend somehow knew I was the one to take good care of her. Yes, I changed to calling my new machine, her. She is so special. I don't know why this machine is not held to more acclaim by people. I guess I can appreciate her so much because I appreciate Model A Fords, Wringer Washers, Vintage Sewing Machines, and most vintage mechanics. This machine is for a tinker like me. Because there aren't needles and bobbins readily available, so you have to make what is available fit.
I am going to call her Alice.
Alice has some eccentricities that attract me to her:
An interesting name-brand.
Friction drive.(I was afraid it would slip. Not a chance! I kept doubling denim and sewing. She Purred.)
Straight-Stitch with reverse.
Feed-dog adjustment. (really just a disconnect, but manual calls it an adjustment)
A hand-wheel that goes clockwise instead of counterclockwise like modern machines.
A shorter needle than modern machines. (Grind the shank down on a 15x1 needle to the correct length.)
Uses the same bobbin as a Singer Featherweight. (A little filing on the bobbin lock-lever to fit bobbin winder)
A front mounted light switch.
A very well-lit sewing area.
A smooth and quiet purr.
A super-straight stitch.
A single plug-in in the back to keep wires out of the way.
Only weighs 20 pounds.
Wow! I didn't know I could get so worked up about a $4.25 sewing machine.
She is a Free-Westinghouse model ALB, Type E. She was made by The Free sewing machine company. But called Free-Westinghouse because all these machines exclusively used westinghouse motors.
|Alice, better known as Free-Westinghouse Model ALB|
|Rear, notice "turtle motor" with friction drive|
|Feed Dog Adjustment under Sewing Machine|
|Name Badge One|
|Name Badge Two|
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