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

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    I collected my aluminium 201k on Wednesday and spent today cleaning it up. It was lovely to be able to pick it up and turn it round with one hand as I was working on it. It is so much lighter than my standard 201k. It stitches beautifully and I think it is well on the way to becoming my favourite vintage machine. I took the motor off because the cord was missing and I've popped on a crank for now and after Christmas I will put it in a treadle.

    The little table that came with it (pictured a few pages ago) will be a project for the summer.

    Clare

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    I have my sewing room back...the kids are cozy in their new apartment! I really want the holidays to be done with now so that I can sit down and sew!

    I have a new grandbaby due August 9th, and need to get sewing!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveh View Post
    of course. I'm glad to.

    For items that just need the finish "buffed" i would recommend "flitz" i learned about it when i was the assistant mgr at a marie callendars. They used it to polish the copper salad station. It is remarkably safe for humans (in theory)

    also, i really suggest folks try the white paste type toothpaste. It is a ultra-mild abrasive and it is really safe to use. (try it on an old penny or jewelry, you'll be amazed.)

    the polishing compounds that i currently use are made by formax. Not for regular home use. I wear a full respirator when using it and wash the parts throughout when done.

    My armor students always get the "monkey doing a math problem" look when i use it. Folks just cant get over how fast it puts a shine on, even when you are watching it happen.
    a ha!!!!!!! I am vindicated - everybody laughed at me when i said i used tooth paste to polish things - works good on old silverware, too - get the kind with baking soda!!!
    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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    anytime i overhear someone saying that they need to have the wedding/class/whatever ring polished, I advise them not to because you do lose material in that process (that the jewelers actually DO collect) then I'll ask if i can borrow it for a few moments, grab my special "NEVER use this on people" toothbrush and disappear into the bathroom, 2 minutes later, shiny ring. (and minty fresh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I have my sewing room back...the kids are cozy in their new apartment! I really want the holidays to be done with now so that I can sit down and sew!

    I have a new grandbaby due August 9th, and need to get sewing!
    Congratulations will this be the first grandbaby?
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I have my sewing room back...the kids are cozy in their new apartment! I really want the holidays to be done with now so that I can sit down and sew!

    I have a new grandbaby due August 9th, and need to get sewing!
    Grandbabies are the best - you get to send them home when they get on your nerves... I should have had them first... Congrats!!!
    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 Charlee View Post
    I have my sewing room back...the kids are cozy in their new apartment! I really want the holidays to be done with now so that I can sit down and sew!

    I have a new grandbaby due August 9th, and need to get sewing!
    Charlee. Pat and I are so happy for you. Congrats
    Skip
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Charlee;
    Congrats on the sewing room and the grandbaby.
    Through Him who strengthens me, I can do all things - Paul

    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Thanks!! This will actually be #9...I have 8 ranging in age from 4 to 19...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

    http://charleeturner.blogspot.com

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    Lucky you! I don't have any grandchildren yet - it might be awhile. And, congratulations on having a sewing room! I know I was going crazy during the four months I didn't have one. Happy sewing!

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