In the Beginning...
Like most things, this was all borne out of necessity. I am a tinkerer and I have fixed up and restored everything from old cars to furniture and clothing. I also like making new things look old. Weathering is good for the soul.
I had my mom's hand-me-down Singer sewing machine from the 1970's. It was nothing special other than it ran forever... almost. When it died for good (the third time), my dearest darling looked up vintage Singer machines and showed me. Of course I had to have one (or two, or more). I adore things that were built like a tank from long ago when things were hand made with pride and built to last. And not only did they last, but they decorated the homes and workplaces of an entire era with style.
I'm not wealthy by government standards, so a well-worn Singer 66 in the local classifieds found its way into my home. It ran so smoothly, I was amazed. It was born the year my grandmother was, rest her soul. I started cleaning it up, hoping it would be that diamond in the rough I could laugh about later. No such luck. The finish and decals were so worn through, it just didn't look happy to be here. I felt like it was my duty to help her be on the outside what she was on the inside.
I searched and searched online, looking for a true to form replica decal set for my Red Eye girl. I came across hundreds of others looking for the same thing. Sure, there are those out there that make the decal sets for other machines and other decal styles for the Model 66, but not a one Red Eye.
Amazing! Well, then it must be up to me to fill that void. I knew I could do it if I put my mind to it. I have a degree in Multimedia and Fine Art and the unsurpassed energy to never leave well enough alone, so I set out on my journey. I won't bore you, but it was not simple in any way to get the mission accomplished. The important thing is I didn't give up. I learned a lot, but didn't compromise. I took risks, but feel the rewards will outweigh. So, take the same pride in restoring your Singer 66 machine that I have taken in creating these decals and we'll call karma good.