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Thread: Can this machine be rescued?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    This one should do a chain stitch someday
    JennB just sent me one of those which is frozen solid so I can "play"....
    It should be here this week. muhahahaha

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    here is a sequence to show what I've been able to do with the movement arm of Sandy

    Sanding after the first coat dried. (Notice the paint in the depths of the worst crevasses)
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    Then a coat of paint.
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    Then another sanding pass. (Notice more paint in the depths)
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    Then more paint....
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    One or two more passes and it should be smooth. Then it will be a final extra coat for depth, goldwork, then clear.

    Notice the right side which has been getting each coat without the sanding, two more coats and it gets sanded

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    ok, Sandy's arm is done with the base coat.

    Here is the front. Remember that the long side was sanded between each coat, and the short side was sanded only before the final coat.
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    here is the back, which has had the same number of coats but no sanding at all.
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    Here is a reminder of what it looked like.
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    Wow!! Amazing work!! What a difference!

    Where is the best place to get the Howard Feed-N-Wax?

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    Check your local hardware store. I find the Howard Feed-N-Wax in the paint area where the wood stains are located. The big box stores may carry it also.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Wow Sandy is looking good. *grin*

    It gives me confidence that i could probably resurrect my grandma's treadle machine. I haven't looked at it in forever, since i was a kid. From the family gossip it was in a house whose basement that flooded multiple times. *shakes fists at cousins* I have to procure the poor machine from them, I'm shuddering at the thought of how the wood on the cabinet looks. This weekend i'm making the 8 hour drive down to 'visit' for a family reunion *coughmachinerescuecough*.

    I'm hoping that maybe by Christmas it would be up and running. So i can give it to mom, she's an avid quilter and often times will tell me that her mom would sew her dresses on it while growing up.

    Now.. how does one restore paint. what kind of paints: canned spray paint, air brush. *grin*

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    I am a mere babe in the woods and do not have a tiny bit of the skill you all have to rescue these machines , but I sure love reading about it!! You guys rock!!
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    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    updates on "Sandy"

    This part took me 3 days to get loose from the body....
    Then 1 evening soaking in Evaporust left this...
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    Looks "ok" but when the screws were removed you can see where the Evaporust did not penetrate.
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    They are now soaking in Evaporust again today.
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    Now to decide: Do I resurface them and then buff them, buff them as is, or leave them as is.

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    If that is the take up arm and is visible, I would at least buff them and see how it looks.
    Just my 2 cents.
    ~G~

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    Bondo.

    "Can it be refurbished?" is kind of a NASCAR question: The answer is always how much time and money and work are you up for? LOL Anyway, it's an interesting hobby and it's certainly great to see the rare antiques refurbished and the not-so-rare oldies get interesting new paint jobs.

    I'm not an artist, but I've always loved the English tea services and English bone china. I'd love to be talented enough to paint up a sewing machine with something like this.
    from http://www.phyllismcelhinney.com/sho...o=12&gallery=2

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