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Thread: My Birthday Present to myself!!

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    Junior Member Kittywolf13's Avatar
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    Talking My Birthday Present to myself!!

    Meet Elizabeth or Betty or Tucci... named after her original owner!

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    she is not as mint as i thought... but pretty darn close considering her age. As far as i can tell she has come with everything she is supposed to (extra feet, bobbin case, lint brush, 2 screw drivers, and the manual.) including the case which i didnt photograph) except for the actual bobbin. the bobbin case is there... but no bobbin. so if anyone can tell me if thats replaceable that would be cool. im pretty certain it is.... but you never know!

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    According to the gentleman, he told me that his grandfather purchased it for his grandmother and she never or rarely used it. I doubt thats the case because their are scratches and dings on it. but i think shes in remarkable shape and should clean up well after i polish her up again. what shouldnt i use due to the decals?

    ever since then it has been sitting in a closet, closed up and never used. he had considered selling it to a pawn shop or something, but couldnt bare the thought of it not being used. so i came along and now shes home!! what do you guys think? im pretty excited to clean her up, and oil her and give her a whirl!

    Oh! What does this screw go to? It and its mate was in the box with all the accessories .. i have no idea what it goes to??

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    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    Kittywolf13,

    Happy Birthday!

    Tri-Flow or sewing machine oil in the oil places, Tri-Flow or Singer grease ( lube ) on the gears, Singer lube in the motor. The owners manual will tell you where to put it. I much prefer the Tri-Flow.

    Bobbins are available from several places but my favorite is Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Bobb...-SCBN45785.htm }

    The little thumb screws go to the presser foot ( it's there ) face plate (looks like yours is missing), and the fabric guide which uses the holes just to the right of the needle plate on the bed.

    Nice machine. I'd use oil and a soft cloth to clean it. As for polishing it, I'll defer to Miriam on that one. She's recommended something to me and my pea brain isn't remembering what it is right now.

    Joe
    Last edited by J Miller; 10-12-2012 at 07:40 PM.

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    See http://shop.sew-classic.com/Bobbins-...-SCBN45785.htm for bobbins. Congratulations and a very happy birthday to you!

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    oh you did great! she's beautiful!

    look and see if the screw fits where you attach the feet. it looks kinda like that one.

    there is a sticky at the top of the page on how to clean up a vintage machine. someone suggested in another thread using an automotive scratch remover, which i bought, and while it worked great on my car it didn't seem to make a lot of difference on the sewing machine finish. i didn't work it very hard, though, because i didn't want to damage anything. i think this one is good enough you could just clean it and enjoy it like it is.

    you could also try waxing it. I bought an automotive wax that was safe for clear-coat finish and used it. the particular one i got was named Meguire's, but i think any would probably be ok. that would protect your decals, too, as far as i know, although i am new to this obsession.

    have fun!

    oh - i should add don't use that scratch remover or anything harsh on the decals. you might try out anything you want to use in an inconspicuous part of the back, just to make sure.
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    Kittywolf13....I see that you have been properly 'inoculated' with the "Vintage Sewing Machine Addiction Virus" just by hanging around with all of us enablers....heheheheh!

    I think your birthday present is gorgeous! I use sewing machine oil on a soft cloth to clean up my machines. To oil the inside parts I like to use Tri-Flow. It comes in a little bottle with a teeny straw to help you get it into the hard to reach places.

    I highly recommend Dave McCullam's book, "The Featherweight 221 and I". He has a terrific sense of humor, it's aimed at us DIY folks and the drawings are clear and easy to see. He also has a website with lots of info and tips about them.
    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/index.html
    ~~Cathy~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Kittywolf13,

    Happy Birthday!

    Tri-Flow or sewing machine oil in the oil places, Tri-Flow or Singer grease ( lube ) on the gears, Singer lube in the motor. The owners manual will tell you where to put it. I much prefer the Tri-Flow.

    Bobbins are available from several places but my favorite is Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Bobb...-SCBN45785.htm }

    The little thumb screws go to the presser foot ( it's there ) face plate (looks like yours is missing), and the fabric guide which uses the holes just to the right of the needle plate on the bed.

    Nice machine. I'd use oil and a soft cloth to clean it. As for polishing it, I'll defer to Miriam on that one. She's recommended something to me and my pea brain isn't remembering what it is right now.

    Joe
    Do you happen to have a pic of the plate your referring to?

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH View Post
    See http://shop.sew-classic.com/Bobbins-...-SCBN45785.htm for bobbins. Congratulations and a very happy birthday to you!
    Thank you so much!! im off to order some bobbins!

    Quote Originally Posted by oregongirl View Post
    oh you did great! she's beautiful!

    look and see if the screw fits where you attach the feet. it looks kinda like that one.

    there is a sticky at the top of the page on how to clean up a vintage machine. someone suggested in another thread using an automotive scratch remover, which i bought, and while it worked great on my car it didn't seem to make a lot of difference on the sewing machine finish. i didn't work it very hard, though, because i didn't want to damage anything. i think this one is good enough you could just clean it and enjoy it like it is.

    you could also try waxing it. I bought an automotive wax that was safe for clear-coat finish and used it. the particular one i got was named Meguire's, but i think any would probably be ok. that would protect your decals, too, as far as i know, although i am new to this obsession.

    have fun!

    oh - i should add don't use that scratch remover or anything harsh on the decals. you might try out anything you want to use in an inconspicuous part of the back, just to make sure.
    I have scratch remover that i was useing on my W&G's throat plate. i will try that on the shiney metal bits... and the buffer. i need to buy some normal car wax though so they stay shiney and neat. Thanks so much!

    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    Kittywolf13....I see that you have been properly 'inoculated' with the "Vintage Sewing Machine Addiction Virus" just by hanging around with all of us enablers....heheheheh!

    I think your birthday present is gorgeous! I use sewing machine oil on a soft cloth to clean up my machines. To oil the inside parts I like to use Tri-Flow. It comes in a little bottle with a teeny straw to help you get it into the hard to reach places.

    I highly recommend Dave McCullam's book, "The Featherweight 221 and I". He has a terrific sense of humor, it's aimed at us DIY folks and the drawings are clear and easy to see. He also has a website with lots of info and tips about them.
    http://www.featherweight221.com/fwrx/index.html
    Oh Yes! i have been thoroughly thrown into the hobby. now i need to stop so i can get both machines (3 if i can get my mothers working without too much trouble or fear of breaking her more.) in perfect working order so i can actually start sewing. She sounds lovely when i hook her up, but dont want to run her too much till i've cleaned and oiled her since its probably been many years since shes been cleaned and oiled.
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle
    Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight
    my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758
    Flower, Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66
    Singer 99K
    Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    For cleaning I follow this tutorial:
    http://jillybejoyful.blogspot.com/20...herweight.html

    The Scratchx is nice if there is residue from someone smoking or something dropped and dried on it. The oxy was amazing for the shiny bits, and the car wax protects the finish and helps the fabric glide across the bed.

    Shes a beauty, I hope you enjoy her! I also recommend Dave's book.

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    Well, Happy Birthday to you. As I say ...I'm worth it. This summer for my birthday I bought myself a Benz SLK280. Glad you joined the FW club. I got myself a black one on Ebay a year or so ago, then found a white this summer off CL. When I got my machines I took them apart , cleaned them all up, oiled and greased them and they purr like a kitten. Great little machines. Enjoy...Oh, and the little screw looks like the one that holds the face plate on ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by slk350 View Post
    ...Oh, and the little screw looks like the one that holds the face plate on ??
    That's what it looks like to me, too. I wonder if someone removed it so it wouldn't scratch the bed extension when it's folded up?

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    I love the 1951 anniversary badge on this machine- I have two others with that badge and I think it is quite attractive.
    I always take the faceplate knob off when I put mine in her case, as otherwise the bed will get scratched. Anyone made a felt sleeve or something for the bed?

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