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

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Rodney is befuddling and stubborn about getting his head examined. There is a knob under where sometimes a light goes but once that is off I not sure how to get that thing apart either. Maybe it pivots or something. Have you taken off the hand wheel and tried it?
    I haven't taken the HW off. I can oil everything back there through the back door. What I am concerned about is all the moving parts along the top and inside the face of the machine. We can't figure out how to get in there without removing the foot pressure release knob?

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    Nancy, turn that knob thing on the bottom of the arm - it should come off, then take off the hand wheel and see if it won't pivot around the pressure thing so you can oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I saw this on the Chicago CL and had to share. I am trying to continue the Rodney-mania here on QB. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/atq/3429761400.html It may not be as pretty without the pink controller though. ~G~
    It looks like that Rodney machine is cast in one piece too, except for the face plate. At least on that one the face plate is separate so it can be oiled and cleaned! I think my machine is the first one I have seen where the face plate was connected to the top!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
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    Nancy, turn that knob thing on the bottom of the arm - it should come off, then take off the hand wheel and see if it won't pivot around the pressure thing so you can oil
    Miriam, there is no way to pivot the top off without taking off the foot pressure release knob? If it did pivot, you have the foot pressure take up lever on the back to run into, then the tension knob on the front to run in to? I don't know what you mean? That release knob is drilled into the top - no way to pivot the face of the machine around? There are also no oiling points on the top - it is totally smooth - no hole anywhere to get oil in? I will take a photo of the top!

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    It looks like we could slide the whole top off the front of the machine if we took off the foot pressure release knob? Anyone done this? Anyone have a machine cast like this one?
    Last edited by BoJangles; 12-01-2012 at 05:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Hummmmm? No I can't, because what he said was about a certain anatomy part!!!!!!!!!!!
    He doesn't cuss, so it wasn't like that!


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    HAD to have something to do with "pink unders" or a pink controller! ~giggle~

    Off to take a pic of the back of the machine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    It looks like that Rodney machine is cast in one piece too, except for the face plate. At least on that one the face plate is separate so it can be oiled and cleaned! I think my machine is the first one I have seen where the face plate was connected to the top!

    Nancy
    I was looking close at the one in Chicago too, to see if it held any clues. It looks like it has oil ports in it like my Anker did. Alas, no help. Sorry Nancy. ~G~

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    Here you go Nancy...what looks like a "white scrape" is actually a wisp of cotton from when I was doing a totally unnecessary cleaning....it stuck to a little screw and I missed pulling it off until after I saw the picture! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Miriam, there is no way to pivot the top off without taking off the foot pressure release knob? I don't know what you mean? That release knob is drilled into the top - no way to pivot the face of the machine around? There are also no oiling points on the top - it is totally smooth - no hole anywhere to get oil in? I will take a photo of the top!

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    Nancy, I would start by taking off the foot pressure release mechanism. It looks to me like it has to come off to get the top off anyway. It should be the start. Is there a screw or some kind of fastener on the underside of the neck or near the needle bar that holds the face on? If so, try loosening them to see if they do anything. ~G~ p.s. LOOK! there is a pink controller in that pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, my "Rodney" is not a fluke? I can see why some of them were named certain names, but "Rodney" just seems kinda weird to name a sewing machine! My Rod was just incredulous that anyone would name a machine Rodney - now two different versions? How funny is that!!!!! I'd get that one too, if I were within driving distance!

    Miriam, those wires looked melted together, who knows why. But, did you see the machine had been serviced in 1995? We are trying to figure out how to get it open so I can clean and oil inside?

    Cathy, this machine is cast in one piece from the top to the front. In order to get the top off to oil the machine, we'd have to take off the foot pressure release knob on top? I don't know how complicated it would be to put it back? There is no other way to oil the thing? Have you dealt with a machine like this before? I am afraid to use it much without oiling/cleaning it? I can oil the bottom and inside the back door, but there is no way to get oil in the front or top?

    Nancy
    Nancy,

    The presser foot tension adjuster is an assembly. It just unscrews like a regular one. It won't come apart.
    There is probably a screw on the right side behind the hand wheel, and a screw or a spring latch under the front end.

    It's not rocket surgery, you can do it .....


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    Pretty machine, Charlee. I haven't been online much since breaking my arm but it's good to see your post. I hope you are doing better.

    Oh nana up north, sorry to hear, how did that happen? hope you are on the mend.
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