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

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    I've got a similar one for $35, though it's not a Centennial version. Pick up, only, of course. My machine looks better, but their case looks better.
    -There- it's probably not a great price.
    Here, a machine in that sort of shape that isn't a centennial, or a blackside, or with the Singercraft and other accessories lists around $75 - 100.

    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    This is what I picked up today, I didn't realize from the CL photo that she is a 99. It came in a Bentwood case, the locks work, and it has the key! The machine is dirty, a lot of fluff, and just dirt. I took off the motor, part of the cords outer cover was melted. So, maybe a new motor, or another hand crank?? This one was born Jan 3, 1938. One owner, and has been in storage for 25 years.
    Nice looking machine! The power cords to that motor are likely short leads that have marettes (sp?) tying them to the main wiring for the motor under the cover that's under the motor. I really doubt you'd need to replace the motor over the wires. I just did one, a BA3-8 I think? It was simple. Easier than a potted motor by far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    This is what I picked up today, I didn't realize from the CL photo that she is a 99. It came in a Bentwood case, the locks work, and it has the key! The machine is dirty, a lot of fluff, and just dirt. I took off the motor, part of the cords outer cover was melted. So, maybe a new motor, or another hand crank?? This one was born Jan 3, 1938. One owner, and has been in storage for 25 years.
    That be pretty! I like the idea of making it a hand crank but that's just me.

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    Wilbur is doing a bit better his sores are healing so he is responding to the medicine!!! He still has diarrhea and thinks he can make that happen at will... well he tries... makes the sisters giggle and he is all about that - he's on the antibiotic until next Friday. He is sleeping at night now - he hasn't kept the whole house up by moaning in his sleep or thrashing about trying to breathe. Thanks for the prayers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Wilbur is doing a bit better his sores are healing so he is responding to the medicine!!! He still has diarrhea and thinks he can make that happen at will... well he tries... makes the sisters giggle and he is all about that - he's on the antibiotic until next Friday. He is sleeping at night now - he hasn't kept the whole house up by moaning in his sleep or thrashing about trying to breathe. Thanks for the prayers.
    Miriam, good to hear that Wilbur is feeling better. Antibiotics are tough on the stomach, not fun.

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    So glad little W is better give him a big hug for us.
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    I want to thank all you nice people again for the fishy quilt. It came in handy on the fishing trip. Upper 70's in the day but the nights were in the 40's but we were very warm and toasty. Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    So glad little W is better give him a big hug for us.
    Skip's back!!! OK. My sister wants to know how to refinish her blonde sewing machine cabinet - it is like that one somebody painted white and Joe bought from me... only her's is blonde... I think so far she has scraped off the flaky stuff and sanded some of it and it still is icky... I think I have a blonde one too - mine isn't just blonde it is a DIRTY blonde sewing cabinet with flaky long gone - kind of gross - can it be stained??? I betcha you saw it - we didn't get into drawers (or cabinets) when you came....
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    I came across not one, not 2, but 3 different old machines at thrift shops today. Too bad I don't have the room. How many of us on this thread need another machine that are close to the Omaha area? I'm not interested in getting a new old machine, but I'm happy to enable someone else. 1 was a godzilla finish looking white. It had a potted exterior motor. Everything moved smoothly, but no foot pedal for the motor. It looks like it was originally a treadle, though I could be completely wrong. The 2nd White we found was sleek and black and looked like it would be bigger than my 66 but smaller than the giant size ones. It came in it's own cabinet. The last one was just a regular brother machine from the 70s. It would be great to teach my nieces to sew on, but none of them live by me.
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    I remember seeing it. Your sister can stain the cabinet but during the blonde process they sealed the wood with a sealer toe seal the grain. This has to be removed before is will take a stain. Either by sanding if solid wood or stripping it. Does the cabinet have a whitish look after the sanding if it does it will have to be stipped. The blonde Danish look is more of a pickling thing meaning stained with white paint or stain and it will be deep in the grain of the wood. I would just strip lit and start over, and then she can do anything she wants with it.

    We will get into the drawers and cabinets on out next trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I remember seeing it. Your sister can stain the cabinet but during the blonde process they sealed the wood with a sealer toe seal the grain. This has to be removed before is will take a stain. Either by sanding if solid wood or stripping it. Does the cabinet have a whitish look after the sanding if it does it will have to be stipped. The blonde Danish look is more of a pickling thing meaning stained with white paint or stain and it will be deep in the grain of the wood. I would just strip lit and start over, and then she can do anything she wants with it.

    We will get into the drawers and cabinets on out next trip.

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    Hi Glenn, I just picked up a 99 in a cabinet. The owner had tried to refinish it, she sanded the top, but the legs look like the stain was just put on without sanding. And, it is a blonde wood cabinet. I sanded a small area of one of the legs, and it looked whitish. Is my only choice to strip the entire cabinet? If I sand it, could I paint it?
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