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Thread: New Home/Janome Model 170

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    New Home/Janome Model 170

    I just got this one yesterday ... it was love at first sight. Works like a dream, I have a question about cosmetics.

    Some of the paint (I assume these machines are enamel paint, not "Japan") has "yellowed". Most of the yellowing seems to be around places where lubricant was used, and also at the base of the pillar (run off?). I've rubbed and rubbed (with sewing machine oil and old cotton t-shirt) but cannot get the yellowing out of any of the places.

    Any hints for removing the yellowing ... or is it just age thing I need to accept it?

    You can see the yellowing along the front edge seam right under the oiling wick, and in the bobbin area, and along the "crease" where the pillar meets the bed.
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    Oh MY! Love at first sight is an understatement. I would have been all over that one too. I've got a blonde cabinet that machine would be right at home in.

    I "think" that's paint. For other non black machines I've tried Simple Green sprayed on the rag or paper towel not the machine, denatured alcohol, and Hoppe's #9. Sometimes it's come off, sometimes not. You might try an automotive polish to clean it too. I haven't yet, but I do use the Kit non abrasive car wax to make 'em shine though.

    Love that push button reverse, that would make for east tacking on piecing.

    Joe

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    SCORE! Love that machine. Sorry, no advice on the yellowing...
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    Such a cute machine. I sometimes use a little dab of "Dawn" dishwasher detergent, on a rag, to clean up the yellow because sometimes it's just old grease/cigarette smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Oh MY! Love at first sight is an understatement. I would have been all over that one too. I've got a blonde cabinet that machine would be right at home in.

    I "think" that's paint. For other non black machines I've tried Simple Green sprayed on the rag or paper towel not the machine, denatured alcohol, and Hoppe's #9. Sometimes it's come off, sometimes not. You might try an automotive polish to clean it too. I haven't yet, but I do use the Kit non abrasive car wax to make 'em shine though.

    Love that push button reverse, that would make for east tacking on piecing.

    Joe
    Joe ... would love to see pic's of that blonde cabinet if it's one your willing to part with. I want this machine in a 60's retro cabinet and as much as I loathe the 'blonde' look of the 60's .. it's right for the machine.
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    Try Goo B Gone. A little at a time with a Q-Tip. Or also an eraser mate (the one with Mr.Clean on the front). Also something that has an astringent.. Like Sea Breeze from the cosmetics section. You may be able to purchase it from Sally's Beauty supply. Also a little ammonia or vinegar.

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    I can't help with your problem, but that sure is a beautiful machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Joe ... would love to see pic's of that blonde cabinet if it's one your willing to part with. I want this machine in a 60's retro cabinet and as much as I loathe the 'blonde' look of the 60's .. it's right for the machine.

    It's the one behind the white one with the machine on it. I asked my wife about selling it and she said ...... no.
    But it sure would be a nice match for that machine.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post

    It's the one behind the white one with the machine on it. I asked my wife about selling it and she said ...... no.
    But it sure would be a nice match for that machine.

    Joe
    the white one in the front is the cabinet it came it ... but mine has not been painted. Hmmm ... what can I tempt the wife with ... I have a few 15 clones in great shape, a 128 centennial with blackside that needs work, and a 128 'clone' in nice shape (badged "Vibrator" ... it's a pretty cool machine!).
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    The yellowing adds to the charm. It's vintage and she has earned her vintage look.

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