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

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    bought a fully loaded 301 yesterday.
    she what looks like as age build up from not
    being covered on her topside.
    can you recommend the proper way to
    clean the outside of these machines please.
    Thank you
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    Hello, dreamer. My 301 came from a smoking household, I'm sure. I cleaned her with a toothbrush and a Oxiclean solution because I couldn't find my Simple Green. Of course, you can't soak it, but it came wonderfully clean by scrubbing and wiping it off quickly. A coat of any kind of wax you have available and you're good to go. Toothpicks and pipe cleaners work for crevices. AnnieRose didn't need any pipe cleaners. Sewing machine oil in all the oil spots - I took the top off and soaked it, then Singer lubricant on the gears. Remove the bottom cover and do the same. This machine will need oiling oftener than the newer machines you are used to. I oil after every quilt and grease every 6 months. If you didn't get a manual, they are available free online. ISMACS or Jenny at sew-classics has them. The oil spots and how to clean the bobbin area are in the manual, so you do need one. You have to remove the screws in the needle plate to clean the bobbin and be sure to put the little finger back in the slot in bottom of the plate when you put it back together. It not hard and you can do it.

    You'll love this little machine!

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    irishrose she did come with the book and tons of attachments.
    I have both simple green and oxyclean.
    will have to get wax.
    she will be my workhorse for all the charity quilts.
    the power cord was cracked so just ordered
    a new one off ebay.
    then will play on her.
    but can clean up and oil in meantime.
    thanks for the great help
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    Does anyone have a diagram of the upper threading of a Eldredge or National two spool? TIA Lee

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    I love my Pfaffs, have 2 of them. One is electric the other is a treadle. I also have 2 black short bed 301s, they sew fast and very nice for quilting bee.
    Sharon
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    I've been gone a few days so just finished catching up on some reading! Zach's surgery went really well. He gained about 20% increase in his range of motion in both feet, and got his stitches out last week. He's still confined to a wheelchair for the next 4 weeks, which is making me a little bit crazy but we're getting through it. I started school with the kids so that helps. We're taking a field trip today to go see a collection of writings and documents belonging to the founding fathers, and then about 9/11.

    I haven't touched my machines since his surgery, but hope that will change this evening, as I still have that baby bedding to finish up. I got sidetracked with an infection from a wisdom tooth that needs to come out, but I can't have anything done until after hubby is able to drive and function again so I was literally in bed for several days with heavy pain medication and antibiotics. I'm better now but man tooth pain is the WORST!

    I got a short break last night and went over to rescue a few more machines from Alekia's house from that museum collection. I brought four more home with me last night that I'd been admiring since the beginning. I am going to help her get lots of other small things listed for sale on ebay soon. She has boxes with several original singer parts brand new in the boxes, foot pedals, motors, dials, and all sorts of random stuff, and I just couldn't bear to let them go to scrap, so I begged her to let me help her sell them instead. I'll see if I can get some pics up soon of the new treasures I brought home.

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    Hey everyone!
    I'm new here, I don't quilt(...yet). I've only been sewing about 4 years. I have recently acquired a Singer 15-91(Great condition she just needed new electrical), a 1923 White Rotary (really dirty, some rust, currently in pieces for cleaning), and I will be picking up a Clipper treadle (looks dirty, cabinet damage,most decals seem intact)tomorrow.
    I am posting this because of the Clipper. I can't find ANY info on it, except one mention on ISMACS (needle guide several pages down) it says the manufacturer was New Home. I was wondering if any one knows where I can find more information on it.
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Size:  88.2 KBThe base does look like some of the New Home models I have seen online, but I've never seen a cabinet like this(carving on the front is textured and the pulls sit center on a horizontal diamond). If needed I will post better pics tomorrow after I get it. Needless to say I've been bitten by the vintage machine bug and couldn't resist this mystery. If anyone has any ideas/leads or something I would be grateful
    Thank you!
    Julie

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    Hi Julie,

    Your Clipper is a Davis Model M if the bed measures close to full size 14". Model N is 3/4 size. Rough dating is 1910-1920. Davis New Vertical Feed owners (NVF) will recognize the cast base. Nice looking machine and woodwork.

    Jon

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    Haha Jon beat me to it. I recognized the.Davis irons immediately. Jon is the resident guru on these machines so send him your serial number for his database. Those of us that have Davis model machines love them!

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    I have two White Rotary machines. My treadle version is in the "hubby spa" getting re-worked. It was handed down to me by a very dear family friend. Mary Gertrude, serial #25247 (named after the great-grandma who used it), has seen a lot of use. Her finish is quite worn and the decals almost gone, but the sentimental value of this machine means more to me than anything.

    It's tough to see her all torn apart, but hubby is really giving her a good go-over to get her innards good as new. This is a learning process for both of us. I can't wait to be able to sew with her! In the process he's discovered that he really likes tinkering with machines.

    That's awesome, because I have a second rotary machine to work on. That one is a beauty and has been electrified. I can't wait!

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