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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    Nothing else moves due to extensive rust inside. The rear inspection plate is all rust on the outside. I can loosen the clutch easily.
    I wonder how much dis-assembly you will HAVE to do? I've painted them up with kerosene before and helped it a lot right quick. I'm pretty chicken when it comes to total dis-assembly... My BIL uses diesel since it is cheaper.

    I have a Franklin still in my car. It turns - lots of grime and cobwebs... bare dangling wires... rust.... dangling light... I wonder if the top could come off the cabinet and go right on a treadle base? This one might have to wait for spring when I can work outdoors. I'm going to have spring fever early this year - in fact I'm already showing symptoms..........
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    I was watching the segment on ABC News tonight on The Great Made in American Christmas. They stated that if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs!

    So, I googled fabrics made in America, only to find out that there isn't any.
    But, I did find a couple of companies that sell quilting/sewing notions and other items that are made in America.

    Well, at least I'm recycling vintage sewing machines that were once made in America (minus one or two).
    And they still WORK!!!!
    I hear what your saying! I too, have saved several vintage machines and love them. I am all about buying here in America every chance I get.

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    Finally Found One !!

    I was reading CL today (Dallas)and have been watching an add pop up and be resubmitted for a week or so. The title was 1950 Singer and case $150.00 obo The body of the add didn't say much more and no pictures, so I decided to call and ask. The lady was kinda ditzy, but she remembered the machine had a fold up side and was in a black box. She read me the number and sure enough it is a Featherweight !! It needs a new power/cord assembly, so she was thrilled to take $100. for it. It is a Centenial machine and looks in good shape with very little wear to the decals. I have my Mother's featherweight, so I can plug it in tomorrow and check it out. Can't believe it was on CL for that long before I lucked into it. Pictures tomorrow.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Wow !! she is a pretty one. I'm betting when you evict the mud daubers and do some work on her, she will be fine !!
    What city in West Texas ?? I'm from Midland originally.

    Texas Jan

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    I wonder how much dis-assembly you will HAVE to do? I've painted them up with kerosene before and helped it a lot right quick. I'm pretty chicken when it comes to total dis-assembly... My BIL uses diesel since it is cheaper. Turn it upside down and paint the inside like crazy. Then turn it another direction and paint some more. See how much good you can do that way. The Triflow oil does wonders.... don't know about solid rust - vinegar can clean up rust and so can muriatic but it will also CAUSE rust and eat paint. We have a blacksmith friend who restores a lot of old tools and that is what he says he uses. I'd say you want to get some oil on it after that.

    I have a Franklin still in my car. It turns - lots of grime and cobwebs... bare dangling wires... rust.... dangling light... I wonder if the top could come off the cabinet and go right on a treadle base? This one might have to wait for spring when I can work outdoors. I'm going to have spring fever early this year - in fact I'm already showing symptoms..........
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Well. HHHMMM. I just called on one on CL and I'm picking up an unknown treadle in a cabinet tomorrow. The lady is wanting to change her decor. The machine is stuck down so any thoughts how to rescue her??? The lady says it begins with D and is very ornate. I hope I can sleep tonight...
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    A "new" machine followed me home today; cost me $10. She is a 1910 Singer #115. My first project machine, the only thing that moves right now is the handwheel(nothing else moves) and the stitch length lever. Most everything is rusted. It came with an added bonus! A mud dauber nest in the pillar(#2 pic). The decals are beautiful. I hope I can get her moving again.
    Sharon W. in Texas
    Nice! On the dirt dauber nest, use a screw driver and vacuum to chip out what you can, the rest should come out with a good kerosene rinsing and a bottle brush. (Ask me how I know. ). One trick I've used to really getting a good amount of kerosene over all the internal parts is a turkey baster, just be careful of getting kerosene on the bulb part (might melt it).
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Nice! On the dirt dauber nest, use a screw driver and vacuum to chip out what you can, the rest should come out with a good kerosene rinsing and a bottle brush. (Ask me how I know. ). One trick I've used to really getting a good amount of kerosene over all the internal parts is a turkey baster, just be careful of getting kerosene on the bulb part (might melt it).
    I wonder if the thrift store would have a cheap turkey baster now that Thanksgiving is over...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    I was reading CL today (Dallas)and have been watching an add pop up and be resubmitted for a week or so. The title was 1950 Singer and case $150.00 obo The body of the add didn't say much more and no pictures, so I decided to call and ask. The lady was kinda ditzy, but she remembered the machine had a fold up side and was in a black box. She read me the number and sure enough it is a Featherweight !! It needs a new power/cord assembly, so she was thrilled to take $100. for it. It is a Centenial machine and looks in good shape with very little wear to the decals. I have my Mother's featherweight, so I can plug it in tomorrow and check it out. Can't believe it was on CL for that long before I lucked into it. Pictures tomorrow.

    Texas Jan
    Lucky you! Much better deal than the one listed for $600+ I saw tonight. Can't wait to see pics.

    This one caught my eye. Pretty in pink, and actually a very reasonable price: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2743177862.html
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Lucky you! Much better deal than the one listed for $600+ I saw tonight. Can't wait to see pics.

    This one caught my eye. Pretty in pink, and actually a very reasonable price: http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/2743177862.html
    Very cool pink Nelco and for the money - WOW - I wonder how much work it needs.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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