Although this machine could be made to work, it has too much damage to the outside to be worth anything even if it did work. It's a Singer 15 built in 1948, and is just about perfect for this project.
These old Singer machines already have the look of cutting edge Victorian technology (oh wait, that's exactly what they are) but I'm wondering if there is something more that could be done to expand on that.
The technology aspect of Steampunk, to me, is about taking disused items (junk) and repurposeing into something creative and useful.
There are basically three things I could do to make this more Steampunk.
- I could just glue some gears on it and call it steampunk. (click the link to see why that's not acceptable - wonder where I can buy the album?)
- I could change what drives the machine. I've read once about a fictional steam powered home sewing machine. Or I could make it solar/battery powered (not very retro-futuristic) perhaps a Stirling engine hooked up to an old sewing machine motor turned generator connected to a hidden battery. Boy that would be heavy. Foot treadle, hand crank, and electric have already been done.
- or I could transform it's use from sewing machine to something else, then decorate it.
What would you do if you wanted turn a sewing machine into something Steampunk? What creative ideas spring to mind?