Friday, July 31, 2015

PINK is the word for

My Repainted Pink 'n Black
1950s, Model 902 Penneys Sewing Machine

It started out as a light grayish brown body with dark gray dial plates . . .

Ooops I did it again, crossed the line into madness . . . and forgot to take a BEFORE photo! 

But I did take photos of the tricker machine parts I removed, labeled, bagged and set aside.  Those photo are still on my camera, and I referred to them yesterday as it took me most of the day to re-assemble all the springy things, and dials.  

Let me show you some pictures taken during sanding, taping, and repainting

Jon was frustrated watching me spray paint, so he volunteered to show me "how it really needs to be done"  I admit, he did a great job.  He is sitting in the background of this photo--taking a break to admire his work.

We let the machine sit in the summer kitchen for the week, and then Jon took it outside and sprayed a second coat of pink.  Then I let it set for several days again in the summer kitchen.

I removed the blue masking tape and plastic off of the front end (door) to paint it glossy black and bagged the rest of the machine to protect the pink.  We let the machine dry a couple of days in the summer kitchen.

One more step--I did some light sanding with 800 grit, cleaned it thoroughly, and sprayed two clear coats with all the important mechanics still covered (taped and stuffed with leftover cotton batting pieces). 

Sitting in the summer kitchen

Yep - it was getting exciting, peeling off the tape.

I was so glad I took dis-assembling photos that were still on my camera.  Good reference to put parts back where they needed to be . . . a slower process than taking it apart, for sure.

Fitted with a hand crank

For the moment, I've removed the solid wheel and replaced it with a 9 spoke balance wheel and hand crank.  I just love hand cranks.  When I get a moment I'll get the electric motor housing repainted pink.  Then, if I sell this one--it can be powered by electric or people powered.  

My group of friends--we call ourselves "The Kranky People"--we all own original hand crank machines, and we get together about twice a month to work on restoring other vintage and antique machines.   We learn, we laugh, we snack.  Relaxing and lots of fun.  

I think I have some photos on my camera of the Kranky People working on their machines  I'll find those photos and update this post.  


  1. I have almost the same machine, two shades of gray, with the Kenmore name on it. great to see that it can be changed into a hand crank. Mine needs to have new wiring, but I am hoping to put it on a treadle frame. Never thought about repainting it.....

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  3. I have to admit that I would never have thought to spray-paint your 1902 in pink, but I love the idea and what you have done. And now it looks amazingly contemporary.

  4. Now how cute is that! I just love it, how smart of you and how cheerful it make it to sew.

  5. Wow, now I have a bad case of "pink sewing machine envy". What a great idea to revive an old sewing machine, it looks very happy now.

  6. Definitely looks like the 1950's. I think you're pretty brave to take it all apart. I realize that's the easy part...reassembling is the real work. Looks perfect. Hope you have fun using it. Thanks for posting.

  7. Linda you kill me! I love your pink sewing machine. Your quilts are woks of art, you are amazing.