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Thread: Janie Doe, the 15 Clone - make over

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    GREAT photos!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm posting the photos of the Jane Doe makeover for Miriam...if you have questions, she'll have to be the one to answer!
    Those first are before shots. You can see she needs some clean up but she isn't terrible - but she was stuck up but good. I was holding her in my lap so we could move her around. Hannah was in charge of the Tri-flo - I had her put one or two drops on anything that she could see that moved. I just moved the machine around and tried to turn the wheel. After a bit of work it turned slightly. We kept dropping Tri-flo and all of a sudden Janie was free! Wow - she spins nice. We got her sewing. Iris & Hannah polished up chrome with some chrome cleaner and the stuff with the rust came off with Barkeeper's Friend. I'm not sure why there are so many pics of the bobbin area. I guess Iris was impressed. We took apart the bobbin area and used chrome cleaner - the 15 is an easy one to do - not all of them are that easy to take apart and you don't usually need to. This one needed the chrome cleaner - it was kind of rough. When we got that area cleaned we did the needle bar. It was rusty and cleaned up with the chrome cleaner. We oiled it good, cleaned the cover and put it back. Then we opened up the round thing the light goes on and oiled in there. That was when she started to really set free!!!!

    Photo's by Iris.
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    Very nice in her baby blue color! Chrome and blue just look nice and wintry together--perfect for fall!

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    Here are the last two...
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    The glamor shot and the test drive. I looked high and low for a FM foot - found it today.... photos by Hannah.
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    I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a pretty clone like this one!!
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    I have had one for years. It belonged to my neighbor lady. (I've always been a bit snobbish about sewing machines.) I just never used it until I was testing attachments. I got into the FM and fell in love. These are fantastic for that if nothing else. They are usually pretty inexpensive on CL or yard sales. They are simple to use. Parts are available. The motors are strong and fast. They clean up pretty easy. They are a little tricky to learn to thread. You have to make sure and follow the directions in the manual. What can you find anywhere that would make a better back up machine or a machine to learn on? When we were working on Janie, we put a hand crank and a finger guard on another 15 I've been working on. The hand crank was a blast - it turned so freely! The finger guard is very nice - I want one for any low shank I own. I don't like getting vaccinated with a sewing machine needle. Yeah, Charlee this is one to have. They come in many colors. Melinda is trying for one of each color I think.
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    Charlee here is a link for lots of different pics of the Japanese 15s from QB members - that way you know what to look for when you go to a garage sale. Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up I'm amazed at how they can look alike and yet the have been customized in their own way. I get a kick out of how some of them look like 1960s cars.
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    Here is a CL ad I once wrote and got kicked off... I liked it... I don't have that machine anymore.

    Vintage late 1960's cream puff
    Original two tone dazzling
    grey and cream paint in mint shape
    Classic and functional piece of equipment
    Rich showcase passion condition
    One owner
    (Grandma's)
    Chrome & heavy metal!
    Well-engineered
    One foot petal
    All original accessories
    Custom cover in excellent condition
    This machine purrs like the well-crafted
    piece of machinery it is.
    It feels "quality:, if you know what I mean.
    This machine will definitely be in your "keeper" list.
    Would be great in a show just like it is
    They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
    Runs like a sewing machine...
    because it is one.
    Meet the Wizard!!!!
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    Nice Rescue, I never met a machine I couldn't love yet!
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