|1905 Singer 29K-4|
|Gustave Dore, 1965. "Destruction of the Leviathan"|
I found downloadable manual free of charge through the Singer Company. Click this link: Singer 29K manual
Does it even work? Well yes it does, but it took some getting used to. The learning process is still going on. It is quite different than a regular lockstitch in two ways: The presser foot works as the feed from the top and the presser foot can be manipulated to move in different directions. The reasons for this has to do with the primary function it was designed for. That would be very close work as with shoe repairs. It makes a lot of noise when operating but it is a pleasant one. It sounds like "work". Clank clank clank.
As an example of it's work, see the image below. With this pair of shoes, the stitching was coming apart at the bottom side and the overlapping part. I was able to reinforce the stitches along the bottom then completely turn it to go the flap. It did an excellent job and saved a favorite pair of Minnetonka shoes. This would have been a tricky job even by hand because of the tight space at the bottom. Very cool, very cool indeed.
|The presser foot moves by moving this brass handle.|
|Singer 29k Stitch Sample|
The bobbins are very small and so is the machine arm. This is what it looks like with the cover removed.
Anyone who finds this post and is wondering how it's threaded may take note of this next section. First, get a manual. You NEED it to explain the bobbin loading and threading. Simply put, it is not like other machines and you are not going to figure it out on your own. The outside threading is easy to see but this part was a little confusing to me so here's a picture to clarify.
The thread is pushed down this hole after it leaves the tensioner. It goes all the way down to the presser foot.
My leviathan, it is a beautiful beast.