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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    LOL, I meant is my machine too young?

    ya'll have infected me! (sorry about the accent, lived in Tx 6 yrs) :mrgreen: ya'll is just such a good word! hee!

    I found 3 antique machines on craigslist in the last 2 days, $20 each.

    sigh!
    ROTFL!!!! Sorry, trying to quilt and type at the same time. :roll:

    I did clean up my Universal a bit tonight. Here's a few pics: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...03630418tNyDfe

    Really love all the little unique things about this machine, and I LOVE the color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    LOL, I meant is my machine too young?

    ya'll have infected me! (sorry about the accent, lived in Tx 6 yrs) :mrgreen: ya'll is just such a good word! hee!

    I found 3 antique machines on craigslist in the last 2 days, $20 each.

    sigh!
    Oh my...another one got the VSMS Fever. lol. Welcome Quiltmouse. Pull up a stool and we would love to see your 403. It's so wonderful that you have all those great memories and accessories with your vintage machine ;)


    Happy Treadler ~ what a wonderful job you did with the Universal. She looks almost new....are you interested in coming to Ohio and helping me clean a few <grin>

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    New (to my home) Singer 66 for $16

    Well, not bad for the price. The mechanism seems OK via the hand wheel. Previous owners, or dealer, didn't know how to use the stress relief, and there are some nasty pinches in the
    Speaking of cleaning recommendations for surface cleaning of this 66?
    Hi olebat.... if someone hasn't mentioned it. Billy has a tutorial on how to clean these old gals. He uses kerosene and the cleaner GoJo the NON-PUMICE kind. His tutorial is really good. There's one on dismantling and one on cleaning....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
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    New Project: White Rotary from around 1927. Crinkle finish with a knee control. Needs a spool pin and motor. Could anyone tell me where I might find either and what type of motor I need??
    Thank you for any suggestions as I have been searching and feel like I am at a loss.... I am not even sure how to identify the Model Number. Maybe this one will have to go "As Is" to someone else. :oops:
    Wonder if this is a cousin or any relation to a Grand Rotary?? I love the scrolling image stamped into the metal. Wonder if you could crank this one? Does the light plug in separately? I see the cord going down into the base of the machine. It's a beauty. Hope you get it running somehow.
    What does the rest of the cabinet look like?
    Photo Update 1930 White Rotary: Here is a photo of the cabinet. I think the lamp cord attaches to the missing motor (found replacement on ebay along which a spool pin - thanks Nancy!!). As far as being a cousin to the Grand Rotary, they were not made by the same company. White had several badged machines, a couple surprised me - Minnesota's, Franklin's, and Florence's. I think the Grand Rotary Damascus may have been sold by Montgomery Ward. A very nice highly sought after sewing machine.
    Nancy was kind enough to share her vast knowledge and resources with me and I hope to have the SM up and running soon.
    If you have extra time check out:
    http://community.webshots.com/user/a...ession?start=0
    Wow... that's one fabulous looking machine. How cool is that crinkle finish with the cast swirly scrolls! Beautiful cabinet.

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    Glenn, Thanks for clearing the myths about finishes and feeding. It makes sense to me and I appreciate the information. I hope you come to the VSMS Retreat! I need a good lesson on applying varnish or shellac! I want to have a smooth professional look without air bubbles!

    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt

    Hi olebat.... if someone hasn't mentioned it. Billy has a tutorial on how to clean these old gals. He uses kerosene and the cleaner GoJo the NON-PUMICE kind. His tutorial is really good. There's one on dismantling and one on cleaning....
    Thanks, I've seen the cabinet and guts cleaning, didn't recall the machine exterior. I'll have to wait a spell. I've hauled it in the house now. Will have to take it back outside if I use the kerosene. We're in the height of pine pollen season. The yellow dust clouds bellow everywhere. Just walking across the porch leaves footprints like walking on fresh snow. The pine pollen is large molecule, and even feels gritty. Wouldn't want that to become an abrasive. LOL

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    I just posted a new tut on cleaning and reviving antique furniture(sewing cabinets) in the tutrorial section if you are interested. It is an alternative to refinishing. If we ask Billy nicely maybe we can get him to move it to VSMS for us. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I just posted a new tut on cleaning and reviving antique furniture(sewing cabinets) in the tutrorial section if you are interested. It is an alternative to refinishing. If we ask Billy nicely maybe we can get him to move it to VSMS for us. Glenn
    I really appreciate the help you and others give us quilters as we make these old machines live again. Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitzone
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmouse
    LOL, I meant is my machine too young?

    ya'll have infected me! (sorry about the accent, lived in Tx 6 yrs) :mrgreen: ya'll is just such a good word! hee!

    I found 3 antique machines on craigslist in the last 2 days, $20 each.

    sigh!
    Oh my...another one got the VSMS Fever. lol. Welcome Quiltmouse. Pull up a stool and we would love to see your 403. It's so wonderful that you have all those great memories and accessories with your vintage machine ;)
    Thanks, Judy. Really simple. I just use something called Goop & clean cottonballs. This machine was really clean to begin with, so it didnt take much!

    Happy Treadler ~ what a wonderful job you did with the Universal. She looks almost new....are you interested in coming to Ohio and helping me clean a few <grin>

    Judy

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    quote=BoJangles]
    .....I was treadling away a few nights ago while my husband and girl friend watched TV. They didn't seem to notice anything either other than the sewing machine stitching away. Nancy[/quote]

    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    [Well, my--aren't we liberal!! (Sorry, couldn't stop myself.)
    LOL - I was thinking the very same thing and then I got to your post and read it! Those kind of things happen to me when my fingers or mouth are faster than my brain - gets me every time!
    Cindy

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