I have been eyeing up 222Ks for ages, watching them slowly rise in price sooo accidentally bid for one on Ebay! And got it!
Looks nice and shiney but really mucky when you look properly.
Lots of very old fluff, no sign of any oil on the other moving parts. The drip felt underneath was like new with just a couple of dried oil marks which tells me it hasn't been oiled much at all.
When I plugged the lead into the machine, it ran on its own. Damm. Googled and found the solution, phew.
With the power and machine unplugged I took the foot pedal apart by undoing the screws in the rubber feet, then turn the pedal over pressed the button which pushes the cover off the controls inside.
There were 2 noise suppression capacitors in the foot which can fail and cause power to operate the foot without pressing the switch. They originally stopped the sewing machine interfering with the TV but modern tellies aren't affected anymore so these are no longer needed anyway.
All clean, polished, oiled and ready to go. Came with its original feet and a Singer rubber mat.
Made a new Liberty fabric bag for the foot control and leads.
I tried it out, the bottom tension was way out so adjusted that. The motor seems quite powerful, its faster than my 221K, its definitely quieter. The 222K is lovely to use.
The bed slides off so you have a really neat free arm. There also a lever next to the stitch length lever which lowers the feed dogs. How cool is that?
There was an original label from the shop which sold it in 1954.
I refurbished the case, the inside is in really good condition. One of the lock catches has been bent and is starting to crack, I was going to try and straighten it but had second thoughts, it might snap off so left it alone.
Told my sister Sandi that I had bought one which got her going and she accidently bought on as well!
She brought it over for me to see so had a quick check over it. Its in super condition and has been oiled and looked after. But when I checked the gears, they were covered in what looked like axle grease! Errr, big clumps of it, good job we looked, if that lot had got warm and melted it would have made a huge gooey mess inside. As usual I forgot to take a photo. Got it all cleaned off. Gears do need lubrication but use Singer Motor lubrication, if you can't get it April's Sewing Shop in the USA sells it. They do really good tutorials on how to look after your machine. Here is a link https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/schoolhouse/tagged/maintenance