Friday, July 6, 2012

Coronado Blue

Shortly after arriving here in Saskatchewan, I realized that I was going to really miss being without a sewing machine for the entire summer. So, the hunt was on for a new-to-me vintage machine that was inexpensive and that wouldn't require a lot of work to get up and running. After stalking Kijiji for over a week, the perfect machine finally appeared:

Isn't it gorgeous?! I paid just $25 for this handsome blue machine. It's a Japanese-made machine, badged Coronado, and was "Sold Exclusively by MacLeod's Limited" (according to the round badge on the front). It came with a bunch of extra bobbins, and not much else, no manual or anything. These machines are pretty straight-forward, though, and take standard needles and low-shank feet, so I'm not too worried about it.

It's by far the cleanest vintage machine I've ever come across. The finish is nearly impeccable, no scratches or chips in the finish anywhere. The chrome is shiny with no rust or pitting. Even the case is in fantastic condition. The only things marring its perfection are two "seam guides" drawn on with permanent marker (ugh!) and this weird brownish stain on the machine bed, that almost looks like a kind of flash/burn mark. Hopefully I'll be able to remove both of those without ruining the finish. I'm open to suggestions on that!

On a side note, how do you like the green background? I chose it because it reminds me of summertime at home, with the trees all in full leafy green-ness. There's a severe lack of green out here on the prairies!