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

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    Yipee! I converted one of my 66 Red Eyes to hand crank! now that I know it works, my next project will be to strip, repaint, and redecal this machine. I am going to use black paint and the correct decals, so hopefully it will turn out good as new....
    the picture makes it look like this machine has good decals already- but I promise you that the bed is trashed and a lot of the dark colors have worn thru to the underlayer.
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    I love your newly hand cranked red eye! Looking forward to seeing your decal restoration. I love old worn aged decals just in the sense that they give you the idea of what the life of your machine has been like. It's SO fun though to see the amazing things people are doing to preserve and restore these things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    I haven't been on this site in a few weeks but I just finished going back through the past twenty or so pages I missed - Charlee I hope you're feeling well and Miriam I'm glad things turned out well for Wilbur!

    I was thrilled to see the several White Family Rotary machines over the past few pages because one of those very machines finally found it's way home with me!

    I was looking at one of the black embossed White's on CL a while back but it didn't pan out. But, my Step Uncle's Mother passed away recently, and sadly my Aunt and he had to sell everything in the estate. They had a sale a few weeks ago and thought of me because I am so mad about sewing and machines. I paid him $10 for this...and while it's nothing super fancy, it's one I don't have and it looks to have been born in 1924...so excited to clean this one up and play! I know absolutely nothing about White's other than it seems to be a lot harder to find info online about them than Singers!
    Pumpkinpatchquilter, that White will be gorgeous once you get the machine cleaned up. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    Yipee! I converted one of my 66 Red Eyes to hand crank! now that I know it works, my next project will be to strip, repaint, and redecal this machine. I am going to use black paint and the correct decals, so hopefully it will turn out good as new....
    the picture makes it look like this machine has good decals already- but I promise you that the bed is trashed and a lot of the dark colors have worn thru to the underlayer.
    Nice HC on that Redeye! Good luck on your repaint and please post photos of the after job.

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    Bennett refurbished a White - named it 'Cookie' it was about a year ago - came out very nice.
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Pumpkinpatchquilter, that White will be gorgeous once you get the machine cleaned up. Enjoy!
    I sure hope so!! I have never really cleaned up a machine other than to wipe it down with a damp cloth. I skimmed through many threads and conversations on this board suggesting how to clean up my machine and then braved it!! This afternoon and evening I cleaned as much as I could with a few rags and sewing machine oil. I was a little over anxious to see a pretty shiny black machine so I attempted turtle wax but I don't know if it's just my inexperience, the wear on it's finish, or if it's just not clean enough yet to really shine much. I attempted two coats and it seemed to help clean a lot of the muck off but maybe needs a few more coats? I should have pulled off some of the metal pieces first because now that the body is starting to look neat and clean the metal looks old and dirty. I am learning though and it is fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Bennett refurbished a White - named it 'Cookie' it was about a year ago - came out very nice.
    Of course I had to flip right into another tab and look up "Cookie" as soon as I read your comment!!! Lol* Cookie is quite beautiful!! I want one!!!
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    Here's my progress so far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter View Post
    Here's my progress so far...
    You need to catch up with Glenn and his tutorials - he would make that machine shine.
    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

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    she is gorgeous, and going to be stunning when she is done at the beauty shop!
    be careful with the turtle wax in crevices...

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    You need to catch up with Glenn and his tutorials - he would make that machine shine.
    Miriam thank you for pointing me towards Glenn's tutorials - I found one within this thread about using lighter fluid, denatured alchohol and linseed oil - I think that would really help this machine out! The bed is speckled and spotted with rough patches - I'm guessing that's missing shellac?
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