The case for my Spanish Lettera 32 was in a sorry state, with a hanging zip and a loose base inside. Not to mention filthy on the outside. A scrub with Cif and a sponge got it smelling nice before I started on the zip.
The holes from the broken stitches are still there, so make a good guide for the mending. I used a strong linen thread and a big fat sturdy needle. Ordinary sewing thread and needles will not be up to this. The best stitch to use on bags and cases is the shoe-stitch: do a running stitch, all the way to the end of the line and then turn back on yourself and fill in the gaps with another running stitch. (Back-stitch is messy and awkward!)
I was outside doing this fix because the next bit was very smelly. I’ve used Bostick Fast-Tack to successfully glue another case back together. Spray it on all over on both surfaces, wait a couple of minutes and then press together. It will bond in a few minutes or less depending on your surfaces.
It’s not the prettiest, but now it works fine, and smells a lot better. There’s no discernible odour from the glue.
I’ve been having some fun with another Lettera 32. This one was made in Spain.
I thought there might have been some grease, stopping adhesion, but it was as clean as I had thought I had made it. So I sanded the paint down to the metal to try for a better grip. I kept the original sugru in there, and added more, this time, up to where the screw should be. Before it set (you get 30 minutes’ play) I put the ribbon cover from the other Lettera 32 on to check clearance. It was fine, but I noticed the difference in paint textures.
On Monday morning, my youngest was practicing her French, “Il pleut, et pleut, et pleut…” it turned into a sort of chant, or song. Later I was convinced she had performed some kind of rain spell. My shoes are still drying out.
We each started a piece of writing on our chosen typewriter, and then a caller (not typing, tsk!) shouted out “All change!” at a random moment and we moved on one place at the typing table. Some of us were able to type faster than others, but everyone contributed and we had a great time! Happy Typewriter Day!