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WIP Wednesday – Casige Toy Sewing Machines

Casige Toy Sewing MachinesMy husband scored a pair of Casige toy sewing machines at the Brimfield Flea Market this weekend. I am ecstatic! They date from the post WW2 era, and are stamped “Made in Germany, British Zone.” Researching the pair has proven surprisingly difficult.  Casige was an extremely prolific toy maker, with over 80 models were made between 1902 – 1975.  With so many models out there, it’s really difficult to track down exactly what I have here. I think the red one is probably a Model #1015, but I haven’t found a good match for the larger silver one. It’s going to make it tricky to find replacement needles!

They came to me absolutely caked in dirt. I’m no neat freak, but honestly they were too dirty to enter the house. I spared you all photos of that hot mess. Honestly, I thought the larger one was tan colored when it was fresh from the fair. Thankfully a few sprays of Tuff Stuff took care of the worst of the grime, and revealed a silver machine (not tan!). Though there’s still *plenty* of cleaning work to be done.

Silver Casige TSMI started taking the larger silver one apart, and let me tell you… it is rust city. I was able to loosen the screws after a long soak in WD-40, but the one on the base plate is still stuck. The chrome pieces are soaking in vinegar to take care of the rust. I haven’t used that technique before, but I have my fingers crossed! I’ve used WD-40 to clean the gunk in the machine head, which has things moving more smoothly.

Casige Restoration WIPThe next question is whether to stick to restoring, or do a full repaint. I usually try to keep things original, but I think the finish on these is too far gone. Which begs the question… if I repaint, do I go crazy with a dark royal purple? Or play it cool with a more vintage appropriate powder blue or something? Hmmm… decisions! What do you folks think? Linking up with WIP Wednesday!

Restore TSM by Stitchified

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  • Jenny May 21, 2014, 8:25 pm

    These are very cool! Maybe do one in the dark royal purple and one in a powder blue. That way you’ll have the best of both worlds. 🙂

  • Sabrina May 21, 2014, 8:41 pm

    If you repaint, what about doing one totally traditional and one totally modern, that way you have some juxtaposition! 🙂

  • annaliese May 21, 2014, 10:31 pm

    what a neat find! love the patina on them… i’d leave them ‘authentic’. but that’s just me 🙂

  • Julie May 23, 2014, 10:26 am

    Wow! So Cool!

  • laura May 24, 2014, 11:11 am

    So cool! Will they be toys again or working machines?

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