A vintage sewing machine

A few days ago my friend got me a sewing machine. He rung me up in the evening and called me into his workshop where he pointed at a leather bag and just said, “I figured you might like this bag”. It was old and bulky and did not seem like anything a could use.

In a hunch, I opened it and found an old Singer sewing machine.

Singer Sewing Machine
The machine on the first night I got it

We had talked about sewing machines before and I mentioned that I wanted to use one to repair a few torn pants of mine.

Taking the machine plus bag home, I noticed that the machine was not working. I went back to my friend since I could not find anything wrong with the machine and we had a look at the pedal which seems to be one of the first things that need to be replaced with an old sewing machine. We figured the pedal would be the culprit, even though we could not see anything wrong with it. I decided to look for a replacement.

Singer Pedal 2
The old pedal that we took apart

A couple of days later I got a replacement pedal off ebay-kleinanzeigen, but the machine still would not work. I set it aside for a few weeks, when I got the itch to look into it again.

Talking with my landlord again, he asked me to check the motor with a multimeter to see if it receives any power at all. While attempting to do that and not electrochute myself, I noticed that was a cable from the power supply sitting loose.

When I pulled it, it broke off completely and I was pretty sure I found the source of my powerless machine.

The insides of the machine
The insides of the machine, on the bottom right there is a cable hanging as well as a solderpoint(?) where it used to be

What I want to do now is try to solder the cable back to its place. There is not much space for a hand holding the cable, the solder AND the iron, so I need to fix the cable in place first, or maybe use some of that honey flux I have lying around.