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

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    Billy Gosh It's good to see you on the board again. I PMed you because I was worried for you. Be careful and stay well for us, We miss you.
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    Wilbur has a huge set of plastic power tools at the shop. It should keep him happy. Those little screw drivers are small enough to go in a 2 1/2 year old's mouth. There is nothing like a little screw driver to get in those tight spaces. He would have the time of his life if I turned him loose in there. Fortunately he likes to hand crank the sewing machine too - no needle - it is enough just to hand crank it. I love to watch them fight over it. Too bad Cinderella doesn't hand crank.
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    Glenn, I'm looking forward to you coming to the shop. I have a few machines for you to take home. Don't forget that little 3/4 machine that is hiding in there somewhere. I'm thinking it needs a slide plate - I forget if it has a shuttle. Phil says it will take too long to look at everything. You'll have to plan to stay a while. He figured out how to bake scones yesterday.... Our oven went out... Bring your appetite. I don't know if anybody else is nearby and wants to do some wiring? Maybe we can have our own little meeting. I'm not for sure when it will be - is it next week or the week after?
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    Miriam, I'm so jealous that you and Skip get to get together!! Give each other a hug for me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    I don't know about rust, but I've boiled parts to remove paint (baking soda in the water, enamel or Corning glass pot that you don't use for food). It does soften up the paint on old metal parts. Messy and kind of time consuming, but it worked on lots of door knob hardware and hinges that had been painted over many, many times. I just had to be careful once I started to get down to metal that it didn't take of the original "bronze" finish.
    I've never tried that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Miriam, I'm so jealous that you and Skip get to get together!! Give each other a hug for me!!
    Pat gets a hug too. She's planning out things to do and see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor View Post
    After 50 days in the hospital, DH is finally home. He is in remission from leukemia right now, and hopefully will stay that way. I am extra busy now trying to fatten him up. (40 pounds loss in 50 days takes a toll on a body, Plus chemo) Thanks for all your prayers, well wishes and notes. They mean a lot. Still won't be on much, but will be reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm View Post
    Glad to hear you are back Billy, and just in time.

    A friend gave this to me today. What is it? And what size needle does it take if I can tighten every thing up that is not frozen. It has more rust than paint. It is heavy for the size. The base is 8 x 13 .the teeth on hand crank wheel is not tight, the bobbin winder is very loose also. Attachment 350497Attachment 350498Attachment 350499
    Am not Billy but that looks like the Avona handcrank I played with at my aunt's house. I cannot tell you anything except that because her was rusted frozen in parts and I could either quilt or play with her machine. I quilted til I wilted and then some but finished up my great-aunt's quilt. Next year, I get to play with the Avona or so my aunt says.
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    White Treadle Machine

    This is a $40 Craigslist find - seems to be in very good condition. I'm working on getting it cleaned up, have a new belt ordered. I'd love some opinions on wether I should just clean and polish it, or should I try to strip the laquer? it has a few minor water rings and a little roughness to the top. I'd love to take care of those, but afraid of doing all the intricate lettering on the front and all grooves in the handles etc. I'm sure if I just did the top, the color would no longer match the rest of the machine.

    Also - how do you repaint the iron legs/ treadle? or is that best just left alone?

    Does anyone know more about this machine? the last patent date on the throat plate was 1900, and there's a news article in the drawer that gives the impression it was purchased around 1907. I found someone local who has an identical cabinet (not sure about the machine) and he has a warranty paper dated May 1909. The only number on it is on the front near the bobbin winder, and it's 81589.





    More pics at http://photobucket.com/whitetreadle

    thanks!

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    @ BuffaloNickels: She sure is purty for an old gal. Can't help with your questions but wanted to say what a great find at a fabulous price.
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