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

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    If you sand that blonde finish will it just gum up the sand paper or will it all come off better with chemical?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Grayhare,
    This one looks just like mine, except my machine was originally a hand crank at some point as it has the spoke wheel. It had a 220 volt motor on it when I bought it, was born in 1931, same age as my Dad; so I named him Pat.
    I used the original hand crank that came with my Singer 201k, I prefer to treadle it.
    Sharon

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    Anamaria and Miriam the best solution is to strip the blonde finish off with chemical stripper from the Hardware store. Yes you can paint it if you prime it first. Sanding will take a long time and burn up a lot of paper and take longer. No nice way to handle this very ugly white finish that was popular in the 50's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Anamaria and Miriam the best solution is to strip the blonde finish off with chemical stripper from the Hardware store. Yes you can paint it if you prime it first. Sanding will take a long time and burn up a lot of paper and take longer. No nice way to handle this very ugly white finish that was popular in the 50's.
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    Will a light sanding take the finish off, or with the process that was used do you have to sand till you get to a natural wood color? Don't know if that makes sense.
    I have never used a chemical stripper, and I am a total novice at this type of stuff. I don't know if you saw some of the post while you were gone, but I think I will just have to paint the cabinet. If I paint and prime it do I need to give it a real good sanding?
    Thank you for help Glenn,
    Anamaria

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    Maybe something like either of these would work, and not bad looking
    http://www.paintideas.com/desertgarden/projects/631/$id2


    http://www.twotwenty-one.com/2012/01...-makeover.html
    Last edited by grayhare; 10-06-2012 at 06:23 PM.

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    [QUOTE=grayhare;5567209]Maybe something like either of these would work, and not bad looking
    http://www.paintideas.com/desertgarden/projects/631


    http://www.twotwenty-one.com/2012/01...-makeover.html[/QUOT
    Anamaria decorative painting is a good choice if you don't want to strip the cabinet. Just make sure you lightly sand it the prime with a good primer before applying the decorative painting. the Europeans have been doing this for centuries. I usually like stained wood but I to have a cabinet I have elected to paint. Just sand lightly. prime with a good primer before decorating with paint.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Thank you Glenn! I would rather not strip the cabinet, so I will try the decorative painting. Both the 99K and the cabinet cost me $35 so not a big investment. I had been looking for both a cabinet and a 99 for about a year. And, in one week I ended up with two. The other 99K is in a bentwood case, in very nice condition.
    Anamaria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Anamaria and Miriam the best solution is to strip the blonde finish off with chemical stripper from the Hardware store. Yes you can paint it if you prime it first. Sanding will take a long time and burn up a lot of paper and take longer. No nice way to handle this very ugly white finish that was popular in the 50's.
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    I have one Kenmore cabinet I 'washed' - the outer finish came off with 'Awesome' (regular cleaning chemical) - looks a lot better though - should I put some shellack on it now or do I still need to sand it? Even if I put shellack I can't improve much on the ugly design. It is just a big blonde box with skinny, spindly legs.
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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, that is great news! I hope he continues to improve daily!

    Anamaria, that is a pretty 99! I'd change out the HW to a spoked HW with a HC! Give that baby a motorectomy, but it all depends on what you want to do with her? Whether you want an electric 99 or a HC 99! The spoked HW and HC fit very nicely in that bentwood case - at least, they did in my 99's bentwood case!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayhare View Post
    Maybe something like either of these would work, and not bad looking
    http://www.paintideas.com/desertgarden/projects/631/$id2


    http://www.twotwenty-one.com/2012/01...-makeover.html
    Anamaria, I think the cabinet looked great before she painted it white! I wouldn't have painted that cabinet!

    Nancy

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