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

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    This is what I used. Worked great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    However, looked at faceplate of machine and it is yellow also from tar & nicotine. How do I clean that up?
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    Emmah, The Goop is actually working. The stuff coming off is gross. Sorry to any smokers who read this. DH does have a point that it is going back to a smoking household but I hope to use the sewing machine this week to test drive it for her and want a clean machine even though I'm just using scraps . ~ Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    This is what I used. Worked great!
    Good to know. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.
    Oh I'm so glad. :-D

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    Anyone in the Boston, Wellesley, MA area--there is a free Singer model 66 (1941) in a nice looking cabinet. Here is the listing: http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/zip/2487615132.html

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    [quote=Crossstitcher][quote=vintagemotif][quote=kwendt]
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
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    But naming the old machines after a celeb? that's a thought! Maybe I should name some of my old singer girls, "Francis Langford", "Betty Boop", Cyd Charisse and maybe "Bettie Page" or "Jessica Rabbit". lol!
    I have one named after Blaze Starr! My singer 201k is called Starr. I grew up in the Baltimore area and remember adults talking about Blaze Starr and the 2o'clock club down in the city when I was a kid.
    Well, after I found my machine, I decided to call it Starr, and then Blaze popped into my head...which led to me thinking of Blaze Starr. I read somewhere that she sewed her own clothes. I can picture her with a Singer!
    I remember my parents talking about Blaze Starr. B/C I lived in Md as a child. My parents knew Baltimore pretty well. Any way what I am getting at is a year or so ago they had Blaze Starr's FW on e bay. can't remember what it was sold for. They showed a picture of her machine and supposedly some of the costumes she had made with the FW.
    Another person my parents talked about was Gypsy Rose Lee
    and I think she made her own clothes when just starting out.
    OMG! I remember the adults talking about Gypsy Rose Lee too! I didn't know that she too sewed her own clothes.

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    Hi everyone, I am here to join your group, I have wanted a treadle for a long time and my sister bought me one for my birthday 2 yrs ago and she just brought her home to me. It is definitely a Singer treadle but I don't know alot about it since I can't seem to lift her out of the cabinet it has this weird corner on the top so it gets caught, the top has alittle damage but from what I have read probably something I can fix. The outside of the drawers look almost carved they are beautiful. The other odd thing is the fact that the treadle seems to close to the floor?? Anyway I will try to post a picture of her ASAP, and will need as much help as I can get to get her looking as good as the other girls on the board. I haven't named her yet since I don't know much about her but will when I get some info. Hoping all of you can help me bring out her beauty, I read somewhere on here not to clean the decals with soap and water but of course can't find the post anywhere. Will await your instructions. Thanks

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    Couple things... Picked up the treadle cabinet from my mom. Her dad was the sewing machine repair guy for years and years. Two years ago when settling out the estate, there were a ton of sewing machines in his basement, but I had a brand-new Pfaff and why would I need a 70yr old tank? Stupid me didn't realize 70yr old tanks sew circles around new machines!
    A few weeks ago, after finding this board, I ask my mom if she had any more of those machines. Enter Old Ironsides- a 1935 Singer 15-91. Who runs fabulous, btw. Thanks to this forum and mucho oil.
    So the treadle cabinet has been in my moms garage for the last two years and I picked it up and brought it home today. Old Ironsides fits great. The cabinet is in really good shape and I have already put the drawers to good use holding odds and ends.

    Now the other night I was doing a bit of sewing on O.I. and the bobbin threads are all squiggly. Any ideas as to why?

    Bobbin side of 15-91 stitching
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