I just inherited a Singer Treadle sewing machine that was owned by my great-grandmother. I am wanting to restore it myself. I am doing a lot of studying to figure out how before I dive in. Anyway, the first problem is that someone along the way spray painted on the sewing machine itself - I assume to cover rust spots. It is a bright silver paint. I want to know if I should use paint remover to get this off or if that will damage the finish of the machine. It Actually is in pretty good condition. Someone also painted the cabinet and I am hoping I can strip it and refinish it but we will see how that goes.
I also want to know how to know what model it is. The serial number was painted over so I am trying to at least use paint thinner on that to get to the number. there is a date stamped on the treadle stand of January 4, 1987. I assume the machine was manufactured at the same time as the stand but not 100% certain.