Honestly, I can’t even believe it. I am unsure how I lived THIS long without knowing there was an Industrial leather Juki sewing machine in my parent’s basement! It has been there for probably more than 25 years and I had absolutely NO IDEA! I just thought there was a big table covered in crap and random other more crap on top of it! (and yes, that is a velvet painting of Elvis) Apparently years ago, my parents offered to store some stuff for their friends when they downsized their house and it has been sitting there ever since. The original owner used to sew leather purses all the time.
The other night my parents and I were talking and out of no where they casually mentioned about it, I was like HOW DID YOU NOT TELL ME BEFORE?? So I ran down there to check it out. They didn’t even know what brand it was or anything. I started to remove all the random stuff that was all over the table and when I saw it I nearly jumped out of my skin!
I have a Juki overlocker and I LOVE it and am very aware of what great workhorse machines these are! I think I actually shrieked when I saw it, hah!
Unfortunately, since it has been under covers for that long, the only creatures that were able to acknowledge it’s presence were the mice and chipmunks that sometimes take up residence in that basement. So there is a bit of “bedding” and nut shells (and an old blue balloon??) at the needle plate, which I’m sure can be cleaned off pretty easily. I was just happy to not see any poop!
I guess I’m trying to decide if it would be worth it to actually clean it and oil it/ get it serviced by a professional and actually keep it (and ship it back to Texas). Also wondering if it is even possible to restore it. I tried moving things around and it all seemed pretty stiff, it has been in a moist basement that sometimes gets flooded and it hasn’t been touched in 25 years. Also, if I WERE to restore it, where the heck would I put it?? The thing is GIGANTIC. It is actually the entire table.
The other fun things I found were BOXES and boxes of leather, zippers, zipper pulls, SO MANY templates for the purse designs, HUGE amounts of thread, I’m talking the biggest thread spools you ever did see!
There were also boxes of baby tee shirts, I guess ready to embroider or applique in pinks blues and yellows. There are 2 huge bolts of black and brown velour and a huge bolt of interfacing. I also found all the specific Juki oil, which is awesome, but I have no idea WHERE on the machine you are supposed to apply it (or if it is too late to do so).
I confiscated some of the rulers I found to bring back home with me, one was a bust dart altering ruler, the other was a smaller french curve. I just bought a big one recently, but this small one will come in handy for my kid clothes :)
I seriously have no clue how this gem was hidden for SOOO long, but as I was going down to the basement, I had a slight idea that maybe it was this HILARIOUSLY creepy light switch to get there…
This is was SO much fun finding all these serious treasures. I felt some some sort of archaeologist uncovering a special discovery, I know not everyone would get as excited as I was, but I swear my heart was aflutter the whole time! SO what should I do? Anyone have any experience with restoring old machines? Specifically Juki LU-563… What would you do?