A while back, I posted a tutorial on how to make a “perfect” black color match paint for chip repair on vintage black Singer sewing machines. The color is so good, I use it to repaint machines! The key component in the recipe is J.E. Moser’s ebony black aniline dye stain (846150 A1850). Since then, I have been getting questions from folks asking where they can buy it. Everywhere online it is found is either sold out or currently unavailable. This didn’t concern me much because I figured it would be restocked at some point and available when I need it… well, I’ve been trying to find it for the past year, and it is always out of stock and the questions keep coming.
This product is produced by a subsidiary of Woodworker’s Supply. It is offered by them and supplied to other sellers. Thinking that my only option was to develop a new recipe using different ingredients, I decided to contact them and find out if they simply stopped making the ebony black dye, or if they were ever going to restock it. In reply they said that they would be happy to order it in for me and for my friends.
If you are looking to purchase it, visit Woodworker’s Supply at https://woodworker.com/. You will find it in their 1 oz. alcohol soluble aniline dye stains under “miscellaneous colors”. It likely will be shown as out of stock, but in place of “add to cart”, click “notify me” and they will order it and notify you when it is available.
I did just that, and hopefully they will resume supplying it… or maybe treat it as a custom order.
First and foremost, I decided to share some of my experiences with vintage all metal sewing machines. It is a natural progression of my life experience exercising my hands and my mind. My background is a simple story... graduating High school, I wanted a trade. I landed an apprenticeship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in welding. 5 years later after earning certification and working in many different environments, I decided to enroll in College and earn an Engineering. At the same time, I married a wonderful girl and started a new life. Graduating College with a degree in Structural Engineering, I began a 35 year career in the Federal Government. Along the way, we were blessed with 3 beautiful children. Earning a Masters degree in Engineering and registration as a Professional Engineer I worked for the benefit of my family and my Country.
Over the years, I have pursued many different hobbies... woodworking, car mechanics, astronomy, and taking apart and putting together all sorts of things. Pretty much anything I could put my mind and my hands into. So now, many years later, I am retired and finally able to wile away my days at home with the love of my life. Her interests have always been in sync with mine, but spending so much free time with her, I realized how broad her talents are! One interest she is particularly fond of is sewing. It didn't take me long to put 2+2 together and realize that I could do something with this. So, acquiring, adjusting, servicing, and restoring sewing machines was a win-win. I have a hobby that is detailed, involves tinkering with precision engineered high quality manufactured machines, while she has an opportunity to sew on various different makes and models of sewing machines. While there are many that have information on line, and what I have to say more than likely has already been said, I wanted to contribute to that conversation and learning gleaned from my experience and research.
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