Monday, January 14, 2019

Singer Sewing Machine Key from an Old Blacksmithing Project

I've been looking to buy an antique sewing machine for quite a while, and I was lucky enough to find this one for $50 this past summer.  I've done a bit of work on the actual sewing machine, which I show you some other time.  Today we're going to focus on the sewing machine case.  Specifically, when I bought it, it didn't come with a key, so I couldn't lock the lid on and carry it by the handle.  So I decided to make one.

It's a simple key - I tested and found that a #2 square drive screw bit works in there.  So I looked around the shop for something I could grind to fit, and this is what I came up with!  These blacksmithing leaves were a practice project given to me when I took my blacksmithing class at Bryn Athyn a few years ago, and the best of the bunch turns out to have been just the thing I needed.

Here's a video of the process.  Hope you enjoy!

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