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    There is NOTHING better than hot buttered biscuits with fresh jelly!! YUMMMMMMMM!!
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    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.
    Last edited by Janis; 06-03-2012 at 07:46 PM.

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    Added to the Davis collection with this Underfeed off ebay. I'm hoping my Minnesota A front slide plate will work for it and I have a shuttle in case its missing (hard to tell). I believe this was made around 1900 and according to my new old Excelsior sewing machine materials catalog from c. 1908, this is a Model H, which I've never heard of before.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160810532402...#ht_500wt_1158

    Jon

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    WOW!!! What a deal you got Jon!!! What pretty decals. And to think it will cost you more to have it shipped to you than the cost of the machine!! Mow that is a great price to pay for a machine, almost free!! WOW!!!
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    Thanks Janis,

    What I pay for in shipping, I figure I save in gas. I always appreciate when sellers start the bidding low and take a chance, I sorta feel bad for them since they got burnt and probably not happy about packing an SM for 99 cents and actual shipping cost ($14 usps pp). Crossing my fingers it arrives in good shape.

    3 options on the brush cap:

    1--Keep the tape on if it doesn't bother you

    2--Carefully crazy glue the cap on being careful not to glue to motor by using pin or something small to apply

    3--Assuming cap is plastic and you can get the proper sized replacement, remove the broken thread. Drill thru cap which is only solid for a 1/4" or so. Square hollow after a 1/4". Idea is to wedge a flat screwdriver in this hollow area and unscrew. If you remove the good cap you'll see this square hollow area.

    Good Luck
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.

    Thanks so much, Janis. I appreciate your kindness! Just not my cup of tea. If you saw my home, and the way I decorate in modern you'd know what I mean;>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Jon, I am unable to post pictures, so I'll just tell you about the brush cap. It goes on the top left side of the motor as you are sitting ready to sew. The cap is broken off flesh with the metal square around the spring.
    Miriam, If you find out how to drill one out, and are successful, let me know. In the mean time, I'll just keep it taped down and hope for the best.
    Glenn and Joe, If you don't use tri-flow oil, what kind of grease do you use on your machines? A sewing machine repairman in Bloomington told me to just get some grease at Ace Hardware or some place like that. Is any grease OK?
    Candace, and here I was going to offer to send you some of those little crocheted spool cozies.
    Janis,

    I use Tri-Flow oil on anything that moves except gears. I use Tri-Flow grease on the metal gears. I don't use grease on plastic gears unless the manual calls for lube on the gears or there is a plastic driven gear with a steel drive gear.
    On Singer motors I use Singer Lubricant. Part # 2129. This is a grease made for motors. It is the only thing I use on Singer motors that need lubed.

    Regular grease from the hardware store is not good for sewing machines. It's too heavy and thick, and it will gum up and solidify in time. Use the Tri-Flow grease and save yourself some big headaches.

    You can get the Tri-Flow oil and grease and the Singer Lubricant at Sew-Classic:
    http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Added to the Davis collection with this Underfeed off ebay. I'm hoping my Minnesota A front slide plate will work for it and I have a shuttle in case its missing (hard to tell). I believe this was made around 1900 and according to my new old Excelsior sewing machine materials catalog from c. 1908, this is a Model H, which I've never heard of before.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160810532402...#ht_500wt_1158

    Jon
    OMG! Jon, you got that little Davis for .99???? Great job! Congratulations! Of course the shipping is going to cost you, but WOW!

    Melinda, my mother used to make homemade blackberry jelly! She'd make it a little runny so we could put it on our pancakes! YUMMMMMMMMMM!

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 06-04-2012 at 04:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj View Post
    Thanks Janis,

    What I pay for in shipping, I figure I save in gas. I always appreciate when sellers start the bidding low and take a chance, I sorta feel bad for them since they got burnt and probably not happy about packing an SM for 99 cents and actual shipping cost ($14 usps pp). Crossing my fingers it arrives in good shape.

    3 options on the brush cap:

    1--Keep the tape on if it doesn't bother you

    2--Carefully crazy glue the cap on being careful not to glue to motor by using pin or something small to apply

    3--Assuming cap is plastic and you can get the proper sized replacement, remove the broken thread. Drill thru cap which is only solid for a 1/4" or so. Square hollow after a 1/4". Idea is to wedge a flat screwdriver in this hollow area and unscrew. If you remove the good cap you'll see this square hollow area.

    Good Luck
    Jon
    Jon, the cap is plastic. I have the top of the cap and it has just a couple of rounds of thread on it. The rest of the cap is screwed in flush with the metal square around the spring. I have not tried to move the spring, but have used the edge of a screwdriver on the plastic part of the cap to see if I can get it to move, and I can't. I could try a heavy needle to see if it will budge it at all. I'm thinking that the best thing to do is to either leave it taped, which is temporary at best, or glue the cap down on the thing. I'd be very careful about the glue if I did that as I know I don't want it to get into the spring area.
    You aren't talking about putting the screwdriver in the square metal part around the spring, are you? The metal isn't part of the plastic screw, is it? I figured it was part of the motor unit.

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    [QUOTE=melinda1962;5263652]Just made hot buttered biscuits and fresh homemade blackberry jelly!! QUOTE]


    Mmmm... sounds really good. I love blackberry anything.

    Linda

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