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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Chris, are you needing parts for that 15-91? I just picked up a machine that's going to most likely be a parts machine...will have to see if I can get it cleaned up first, but let me know!
    Charlee; The answer now is yes. Didn't realize I was missing the stitch length selector screw for her. I do have another 15 which I'm considering using that screw for this 15 but still need the screw. If your offer is still good, I'd like that screw. Thanks so much for your offer. Picked up LindaR's attachments so will maybe fork over some feet to SIL because I have more coming.

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    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? Open to helpful suggestions - have checked Bily's cleaning tutes and didn't see where he covered this. Thinking Brasso or silver cleaner perhaps?? Looking for ideas, please.
    I am just catching up from a couple days on the road. Yes use teh Goop to clean it first. Then when that is done Billy had suggested Mother's chrome polish. It has done wonders on parts that I thought would never be shinny again.

    Waiting for those wonderful pictures. :thumbup:

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    Bennett, I loved seeing that restoration you did on the cabinet. I
    It's not perfect by any means, the top is still wavy, but at least the veneer is all glued down now! Just took some patience and basic tools. I found lots of info out there about refinishing/repairing wood furniture.
    Hi back to Bennett and Glenn, and others who are in the refinishing mode.

    I found a beat up, falling apart parlor type cabinet. No machine head or irons for the treadle. It has all drawers, doors and such. Thing was a showpiece in it's day, built like old furnature. Looks like burl walnut veneer over solid wood, not ply. I was going to scavenge parts, but turns out it's a White Cabinet #9 from around 1886 and would have taken a VSII or VSIII machine. Very unusual.

    How best to proceed?

    I'm concerned about how dry, light the wood is. Is there a good way to rejuve 1880's wood? No signs of worm holes or chews.

    The old glue is defunct. All the joins are coming apart. The veneer, which was a sheet over the boards, is cracked top to bottom where the boards were glued edge to edge to form each side. Should I plan on totally breaking apart the boards (sacrificing veneer), to reglue the boards? Or should I attempt to get glue into the old joints, without fully taking apart the sides of the cabinet? Most of the corner joins have already fallen apart on their own, no problem with those. But here I'm talking about how 'base' boards were glued edge to edge to form each side panel for the cabinet, then the panels were veneered and decorated with wood figurals.

    Which/what glue would you recommend for old, dried out 1880 wood? Rockler has some specialty wood cabinet making glues, but to be honest... I've never used anything but regular 'wood' glue. Never had a need. This piece however, is really cabinet art. I could use some recommendations on what you experts have used/liked.

    Thanks all. kim in north palm beach
    First the glue used in these old cabinets is hyde glue( you know the kind melted in hot glue pots) This old glue must come off before any glue will stick. Everything must come apart so the old glue can be removed fortunately is water soluble and can be soften with hot water and a rag and then gently scraped off. You can use any wood glue but hyde glue will be the mark proper retoration and will not devalue the piece. Pm me later and I will go into detail on the rest. Don't worry about the dry look we will take care of this after the repairs are complete. Remember wood does not need to be fed it is dead. It does not need to be oiled. It is dry because of a lack of moisture. Propably stored in a very warm place and this is also why the glue let go. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    . Thinking Brasso or silver cleaner perhaps?? Looking for ideas, please.
    Yes use teh Goop to clean it first. Then when that is done Billy had suggested Mother's chrome polish. It has done wonders Waiting for those wonderful pictures. :thumbup:
    I will post some tonite, I hope. :XD:

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    [ Then when that is done Billy had suggested Mother's chrome polish. It has done wonders on parts that I thought would never be shinny again.

    . :thumbup:[/quote]

    Is the Mother's chrome polish found at big box stores, like WM or Lowes or at an automotive supply store?

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    Here is a picture of a quilt my 11 year old DGD made. She used my 319 and a machine that we got for her don't know the date but sure it is in the 50's. She is going to enter this in the WV State Fair. Did all the sewing I did the cutting.
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    [quote Quilt Addict]Then when that is done Billy had suggested Mother's chrome polish. It has done wonders on parts that I thought would never be shiney again.. :thumbup:

    Nanasmom: Is the Mother's chrome polish found at big box stores, like WM or Lowes or at an automotive supply store?

    It may be Mother's Mag chrome polish amd it might be found at WM or KMart but also at automotive stores. I just smile sweetly when they ask why I want that and say to polish my sewing machine of course. Speechless, every time.:mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Here is a picture of a quilt my 11 year old DGD made. She used my 319 and a machine that we got for her don't know the date but sure it is in the 50's. She is going to enter this in the WV State Fair. Did all the sewing I did the cutting.
    Cute! You should also post on "Quilts made using Vintage Machines". here is the link:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134918-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sew wishful
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    Guess what?

    I bought my second Singer 301, tan... with original manual, buttonhole maker, attachments and original cabinet. It is DIRTY! I don't even want it in our home.

    My turn to do the happy dance. Will be posting photos tomorrow, I hope. Paid $70. Another craigslist find. Love that site. :-D
    If it's too dirty for your house...send her my way! She's the one I'm waiting for! And since you already have one....{hint} {hint}!!
    Randa, this one is still for sale...

    http://kpr.craigslist.org/atq/2426926820.html

    You want the tan one? I thought you wanted the black 301!

    Here is the ad of the one I bought today...

    http://kpr.craigslist.org/atq/2489079605.html

    :-D

    One of my 301s will go on my craigslist-find Grace frame. Will have to sew with both to determine which one to use.
    I do prefer black, but it's a 301 I want, no matter the color. Since I'm in Iowa I wonder what shipping would cost from WAshington?? And the date on this is either 6-7 or 7-6, (do they automaticly go off CL after so many days?)so will make a call on it. Thanks!
    Last week I saw a 301 in its own square table, kind of like the ones that were made for FWs. I emailed but it was already sold.

    PS: the lady that I bought the 301 from yesterday just called. Seems she found the automatic zigzagger that comes with the machine. So, I will try to pick it up tomorrow. Cool!

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    Glenn, I had to laugh when you wrote this:


    'Remember wood does not need to be fed it is dead.'

    That brings back memories of all the controversy about how to care for wood furniture; leather too! :-D

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