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I have posted my tut on cleaning and repairing the shellac finish on these old ladies but not all machines we find will need my cleaning method. MUV has a very good video on cleaning these machines and she is very good at it. So if in doubt which one is for you post a pic on the the cleaning thread and I will try to send you in the direction that is the best for you. MUV and I have a great love for these machine and we want them to look their best. And we use all of them.
Glenn W. Cleveland
My internet fritzed out for a few days and I was only 11 pages behind, but lots has been going on. Hope everyone had a good 4th of July. I used the Lady Kenmore 89 and made my two girls some red, white, and blue quilts to picnic or watch fireworks on. Turned out pretty, and I enjoyed making them. I see the beauty of that machine. It has a sturdy sound and stitch. The quilts were just 9 patches, but made with love.
Nice new machines, or old machines, such as the case is here. Charlee, that was sweet of you to lend the girl a machine. I always keep one on hand that I don't love, but got dirt cheap, for those occasions. It will work, because that is a requirement here, and will have completed a project, so I usually give out a manual, if I have it, and a threading diagram if I don't. I have several midrange Kenmores that are waiting for the call to serve a borrower.
My thought go out to the members with ill family. It is hard, and you are right to spend as much time with them as you can, because when it is gone, it is really gone, and you are making memories that are forever.
You can call me a hoarder for sure. I take in all stray sewing machines and fabric and keep most of them. I am trying to reorganize somewhat, and sort some fabric. Newly married daughter is supposed to be clearing what is left of her stuff out of her room, so I can get organized a little better.
Yall keep me motivated, for sure, with your news of machines and projects.
Well, now that it's consistently above 100 here, I'm finally spending some time on my list of projects! First up is the little 99K and cabinet. I am working on refinishing the cabinet by patching the veneer in spots, taking off what's left of the old lacquer, and putting some shiny new shellac on. The machine itself will get a good cleaning and a repo hand crank plus a new slide plate. Big plans here! It's going to end up a scrappy little thing, but I think it'll be fun.
I took the cabinet apart last night. It was interesting to see how it was assembled. The corner brackets that held the sides and legs together look like they were made so that you could slide the legs very slightly up or down when assembling. I wonder if these small cabinets were shipped to dealers unassembled and then put together or if they left the plant finished.
I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!
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