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Thread: Can this machine be rescued?

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    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    When are you posting pics? I'm anxious to get a better look!
    I already did here Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and Straight Sew Sewing Machines

    She is much brighter and prettier in person.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Oh, I missed that. Cool machine!

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    I am taking the rusty 1890 Singer Treadle base and doing a complete "re-do". This when completed will be the base for my 1888 Singer 13 Medium.

    The first pic is the parts wire-wheeled bare so far, with the main cross-member according to my DD looking like it was "half dipped", I said "it was, it was half dipped in sweat..." I'm done for the night but it was fun to get out to the shop and play again.

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    this is the left and right side of the part from above as an example of before and after.
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    As always, nice work Steve. How are you getting it down to bare metal?
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    As always, nice work Steve. How are you getting it down to bare metal?
    ~G~
    I can't think of anyway to do it that isn't messy......
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Your work bench is always fascinating Steve. What is the thing at the top of the treadle irons? Looks like a mold of some kind.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    As always, nice work Steve. How are you getting it down to bare metal?
    ~G~
    6" wire wheel disk on a 1/2hp bench grinder. Lots of lifting, twisting, cursing, minor skin loss...

    oh, and Goggles and a dust mask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Your work bench is always fascinating Steve. What is the thing at the top of the treadle irons? Looks like a mold of some kind.
    Hehe. It is a blacksmithing tool called a swage block. It is a piece of solid cast iron with shaped molded into it on all sides for doing "hot" work mostly, but occasionally used as a cold forming anvil/stake.

    Funny story, the maker is in Oregon and found that if he makes them just the right size they fit in a USPS "If it fit's it Ships" box.... and be 8lbs under the weight limit. Shipping cost under $20.
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    Boy howdy was my mailman grumpy about this one.... He no longer complains about sewing machine heads being delivered
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    Off topic - but several folks have asked.....
    tonight was armor night, here are three of my students working on projects.

    My Student Jason showing his Late period Japanese Armor in process
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    My Apprentice Doug Forming Leather for hardening into armor
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    Raj (off camera) Making steel gauntlets (hand protection) the black part has been powder-coated
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    The treadle Irons are done. 4 coats of satin black, 2 coats of clear gloss
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    I am laminating up an "industrial" type top. It will be about 18x36 when finished with the hole cut out using the template shown for the Singer 13 Medium.
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