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Thread: HOW TO CLEAN UP and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I bought a Singer 27 this afternoon and gave her the Muv treatment. Here's how she went from sadness to gladness.
    It sure is shiny now. A lot of dirt got removed from that machine! Those Tiffany/Gingerbread decals are my favorite decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    A lot of dirt got removed from that machine!
    Thanks again Judy. When I first saw it I thought that the top part had been rubbed off completely. What a surprise when I rubbed in a little Singer oil and the decals and Japan appeared! Definitely no need for new ones, I'll just touch them up. I think they're just lovely, and the lotus is my other favourite.
    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitch1967 View Post
    Please let me know what you think.
    Absolutely LOVE the way the woodwork has come up. I would like to do the same to my 1896 treadle table. The finish has got this rather dark, almost mahogany tone to it - shiny and irregular. Oh well... one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Thanks again Judy. When I first saw it I thought that the top part had been rubbed off completely. What a surprise when I rubbed in a little Singer oil and the decals and Japan appeared! Definitely no need for new ones, I'll just touch them up. I think they're just lovely, and the lotus is my other favourite.
    Hello Manicmike,

    I'm really pleased looking at your photos to see how well your machines have cleaned up. So much of the grime on machines turns out to be superficial, and decals don't have to be perfect. Often a slightly beaten up machine means that it has been used a lot, which in turn means it's a good runner. I think it is such a shame so many machines just aren't used because they are old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    I'm really pleased looking at your photos to see how well your machines have cleaned up.
    Thanks Muv, I wouldn't have thought of rubbing sewing machine oil on them to get rid of the dirt. It's very effective, and I bought some silver polish for the nickel plates yesterday. What a difference that makes, too. Thanks for your tips: You've enabled a lot of people to remove the grime veil.
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    My Singers: 12k (1883), VS2 Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Improved Family (15-1, 1886), 15k (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 29k58, 96k41 (1947), 96k41 (1949), 201k (1953), 201p (1958) 206k11 (1950), 222k (1954), 222k (1959), 306k, 320k2(1959), 401g (1960), 411g
    Others: Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260, Lemair (1960s), Husqvarna 19e

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    I'm cleaning an Adler 30-1 leather patcher which from the look of it hadn't been in decades - and those were decades in a shop. Naturally I went to my arsenal of automotive cleaners and chemicals.
    Nothing worked as well at cleaning up the finish than sewing machine oil.
    I'm amazed and greatly appreciate the tip!

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    Glad found this link. I have an old treadle and it is in need of work so this might help clean it up a tad. I also have a vintage White machine that is beautiful and would love to get it taken care of also and put them both on display here in the house. Thanks

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    I went step by step on my mom's FW according to these videos and it was amazing! These are really wonderful videos.
    Proud mom/step-mom to 8 children. We promote awareness of Autism and Huntington's Disease. Please pm me if interested in sending Campbell's Soup Labels or box tops which we collect for our kids' schools.

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    Few days back my sewing machine was jammed and I was not getting any idea as it isa old machine how to clean it .I checked you tube and got few links out of which I liked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJsAzc2A this video.This video was quite helpful for me .

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    Definitely have to save this thread for future use. No pun intended on the "thread" part.

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