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Sure have. Good thing this board exists to prevent some of them! pics in machine photos, ignore laundry pile.
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
Could call it " Vintage Giggles, What were we smoking?"
I have the rotary hook I cracked/broke on my 185j, the 128 blackside shuttle I stepped on or the smoking 306w motor I oiled to contribute.
Oh NO! Dan has a naked Davis NVF. Dan, I have one Davis NVF that has some green decals on base; that was the way the machine came when I purchased it. I have only used sewing oil to clean it up.
All the Davis NVF that I have seen have had the shellac shot and brown.
Janice, I can see the photos now of your very lovely Davis NVF. Well, worth your drive down to LA.
If you use Glenn's method of cleaning the machine, I would go around the decals and then clean the decals up with just sewing oil. These decals can turn green with other chemicals, but sewing oil works great.
I would NOT use baby oil on them since baby oil has other oils, perfumes. The baby oil will be fine for the Singers and other machines with shellac intact, and babies bottoms, but not on these Davis machines.
With that stated, I wish I had bookmarked the blog of one collector that I found a couple of years ago. I can't find the blog now, but he stated that he only cleans his machines with sewing oil. And that it would take him weeks to get the crud off, but it would come off. He had the prettiest machines I have seen on a blog, a very beautiful collection.
Congrats again! You are going to LOVE this machine!!!
That is a fabulous treadle you have. It is the best model for free motion work, and it looks as though that is what it has been used for in the past because there is a cover over the feed dogs.
It shouldn't be too difficult to get going. As for cleaning and oiling, watch my videos - the links are in the sticky thread at the beginning of this section. Billy's cleaning method is far too radical and should have a health and safety warning attached. There is absolutely no need to strip your machine down and immerse it in dangerous substances overnight. You can clean your machine without even taking it out of the treadle table - just protect the wood with newspaper.