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

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfroggg View Post
    Lots of pink! Mine looks like this one (or did, before it was converted to handcrank.)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/72831718944006248/

    pat
    Hi Pat! That is the color my new Sterling - a really dark pink! I need to post a photo, but I haven't had time to clean her up yet! I wouldn't have even thought about putting a hand crank on your machine! Are you going to bring it to the TOGA?

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    Those pink machines really are fun to see. Much better than the 'repaint' jobs' that some do on machines. I like original colors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Hi Pat, I remember your Pink machine, just beautiful! So, you converted it to a handcrank, she must look awesome. I really like the pink machines. I have one but it is a light pink/corral combo with a cream color. I hope to see you at the TOGA this year.
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    Hi Anamaria,

    It's now a handcrank (at least temporarily), but I should have painted the hc pink to match the machine; it doesn't look as good as the black machine with the similar bobbin arrangement (short-radius VS). Not really a pink person, but couldn't resist that color!

    I will be at the TOGA--have to prepare my world-famous gourmet Walmart frozen chicken wings!

    pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Hi Pat! That is the color my new Sterling - a really dark pink! I need to post a photo, but I haven't had time to clean her up yet! I wouldn't have even thought about putting a hand crank on your machine! Are you going to bring it to the TOGA?
    Hi Nancy,

    Hope you're going to bring the Sterling to the TOGA! Mine is already there, so to speak; it's still at Cathy's, and had to get moved to the new house along with all her other stuff. Sorry, Cathy!

    Pink machine block exchange?? Pink and white blocks??? (Ugh!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Yep. "Whitish-gray streaks" pretty much covers it! In some spots, "blotches". The shellac had dried a week before I tried MinWax Finishing Wax....and got the gray. I removed the wax, buffed with steel wool, reapplied another coat of shellac...and got gray again. They may have been there before I put the wax on, but I didn't notice them...

    I did notice that this cabinet seems to be made of "leftovers". One side panel is a pretty tiger oak, one a straight grain oak. All of the woods seemed to be different colors as far as browns, reds, grays...one of the legs is darker like the rest of the cabinet on one side, and light tan on the other...

    This cabinet was a challenge to be sure, and I just got to the point where I thought it looked nice enough, even tho it wouldn't have passed Skip's inspection if he was doing it himself!!
    Maybe these are perfect candidates for just paint instead of natural refinish!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Those pink machines really are fun to see. Much better than the 'repaint' jobs' that some do on machines. I like original colors!
    That 301 on that pink page is certainly a repaint....if my 301 were in any worse shape I might consider repainting it, because I like repaints when they are done really well, and that pink 301 looks great. I'm not normally a "pink girl", but that particular shade of pink I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Those pink machines really are fun to see. Much better than the 'repaint' jobs' that some do on machines. I like original colors!

    Speaking of repaint jobs... this just doesn't look right to me!
    http://spokane.craigslist.org/atq/3047737433.html

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    Oh SewExtreme, that looks wild and crazy. Being a homegrown Montana, looks like something we would do to a machine not realizing it might be a bit less attractive. That is the RedNeck way ya know.

    Ok, now for asking a question on an old machine I have. I received my grandmother's Singer 2404. It is not a vintage perse, but is from the 40s or 50s. I need to know what is wrong with it. It has a nice stitch, got that part figured out, but when you use it for a short duration of time, it starts to slow way down and does not have any speed to it. Not sure what is the problem. If you plug it into the light switch part, the machine zooms so i do nto think is sewing machine but is the foot pedal. How does one take it apart to fix it? or do I have to buy a new foot pedal and if so, how do I go about getting/finding one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    Oh SewExtreme, that looks wild and crazy. Being a homegrown Montana, looks like something we would do to a machine not realizing it might be a bit less attractive. That is the RedNeck way ya know.

    Ok, now for asking a question on an old machine I have. I received my grandmother's Singer 2404. It is not a vintage perse, but is from the 40s or 50s. I need to know what is wrong with it. It has a nice stitch, got that part figured out, but when you use it for a short duration of time, it starts to slow way down and does not have any speed to it. Not sure what is the problem. If you plug it into the light switch part, the machine zooms so i do nto think is sewing machine but is the foot pedal. How does one take it apart to fix it? or do I have to buy a new foot pedal and if so, how do I go about getting/finding one?
    QM,
    I don't know what a Singer 2404 looks like, but most of the foot controllers up until the 70s were carbon pile or resistance wire type controllers. The backs will either screw off, pop off, or slide off.
    Most of them can be cleaned and adjusted. And all can be rewired if needed. There is said to be a tutorial on adjusting them somewhere. Several have mentioned it, but none put in a link to it. Or if they did I missed it.

    Make sure the motor is lubed if it can be. And plugging it into the wall isn't much of a way to test it. The outlet will hit the motor with more juice than it normally gets through the controller.

    Do you have another foot controller to try on it? That would be the easy way? I'd almost bet though that the machine has sat unused for a long while and the motor is gummed up. My local SMG said in those cases he takes the belt off and runs them wide open till they free up. He even says sometimes he hoses the brush area out with lighter fluid and runs it till dry. ( Caution that can ignite, keep back if you do this.)

    Joe

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    Here is one of the most beautiful Mission style treadle cabinets I have EVER seen!! And Mission is my favorite style of them all. Boy...I know it's gonna go for big bucks and it's way on the wrong side of the US for me.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTQIUE-MISS...item4ab81f4474

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