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Thread: The cleaning of a 1948 featherweight

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    The cleaning of a 1948 featherweight

    I know you mostly see posts of really pretty Singer Featherweight machines. I'm going to try to post about 20 pics of Mom's 1948 Singer FW - so please be patient and let me finish before we get real many comments. This machine has nicks and scratches on the nicks and scratches. If you think about a boy scout with a ton of merit badges on his shirt - this machine would be a life scout or what ever is the highest rank of scout if the nicks and scratches really were merit badges. I'll try to unfold this story as I go along. Perhaps my sister will chime in along the way.

    For Christmas my sister and I cleaned up Mom's FW. We took pieces off Mom never knew would come off and cleaned out lint and gunk. We cleaned the body of it up and the FW sparkles as best one that has been used for everything ever could. We took pics. I gave Mom a print out of a manual in large print. She has always been visually impaired - she had eye surgery but she still has some trouble. She has read the manual a couple times. She held the manual and kind of stroked it for a while. I love it. She beamed from ear to ear when we ran the machine and adjusted the tension - she said it hasn't sounded that good since she bought it new in 1948. My sister and I had to choke back when she said she had NEVER taken the throat plate off to clean the machine. It looked like it too. Here is the before picture - it looks exactly like the after picture.
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    I keep loosing parts of this
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    How did this make a duplicate post?
    Please go to The cleaning of a 1948 featherweight to see most of the pictures - I had a lot of difficulty with the pictures flaking out.
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    This is awesome, love what you did for your Mom!

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    That was a LABOR OF LOVE.
    Glad you did it for her.
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    I am beginning to look at the pristine looking machines I have found in a different light.
    I think I've actually seen more wrong with the nice looking machines than the old beater machines.
    It really didn't take much work to clean that FW machine for mom and get it running in top shape once again.
    Mom called last night and I read the other post all to her. She brought up more and more memories. I welcome anybody who wants to add on a story right here or start a topic with a story and pics of their beater machine.
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