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

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Wow, Thank you all for such nice comments. Monroe, Joe, Nancy, Laura, Miriam, Chris, and Makeitmama, it is comments like yours that made me feel really good here.
    I have a Facebook page for sewing machines that I do if anyone would be interested. The link is below in my signature. I put a lot of Before pictures and then some After pictures, after she had picked it up. I usually don't use anything really special to clean them. Car Wax without abrasives, Chrome wheel wadding polish, A lot of wooden tooth picks, Q-Tips, and a whole lot of elbow grease.
    Sometimes I do have to use more specialized things for really dramatic changes like this rusty piece. It is half done here.

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    Thank you all again for the kind and encouraging words. It meant a lot.
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    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe
    looks like it is off a Singer 99 or a Spartan - I've not figured out how to use those and keep the thread from falling off. Maybe I should read a manual...
    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 J Miller View Post
    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe
    Joe, I usually have good results with chrome wheel polish wadding you can find at an Auto Parts Store. In this case it was pretty bad. I used a cordless Dremel on the slowest setting and a buffing wheel with Jeweler's Rouge. The "S" shaped part too. It is a thread guide for the 66 and was down on the bed.
    ~G~

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    Miriam,

    Those are easy. Here you go:
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    Just follow the instructions. Simpler than falling off a bycycle.


    Je

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    That is an incredible transformation. I'm about half tempted to bring two or three of mine up to you and see if you would share some of your techniques. I can get 'em clean and running good, but they don't look that good.

    Joe
    Joe, I have seen your work. I don't think you need my help but if you are ever up here I would be glad to show you what I know. If you, or anyone else, have any questions, I'm glad to help. PM me.
    ~G~

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    the incredible encouragement, support, and camaraderie of this board makes it a very special place! I feel lucky to have had Miz Kaki direct me here! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    the incredible encouragement, support, and camaraderie of this board makes it a very special place! I feel lucky to have had Miz Kaki direct me here! Laura
    I agree. I am so glad I found QB too. Not only do they speak my language and understand what I am saying and asking, but I have been able to get good advice here as well as give some back.
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    I finally feel like there is a place where I can talk about sewing machines and repairs without someone thinking I grew an extra nose or ear... or looking down on me because I don't know anything...
    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 grant15clone View Post
    Joe, I usually have good results with chrome wheel polish wadding you can find at an Auto Parts Store. In this case it was pretty bad. I used a cordless Dremel on the slowest setting and a buffing wheel with Jeweler's Rouge. The "S" shaped part too. It is a thread guide for the 66 and was down on the bed.
    ~G~
    Grant,

    I have Kit auto wax in the can and bottle, the non abrasive kind and have used that to polish up my Commodore clone. It sure did shine. But not quite like the one you did.

    I also have some of the chrome cleaner wadding in the can. Have used that too and it does work but again not like the ones I've seen you do.

    The one thing you mentioned I haven't tried is the Dremel with the polishing wheel and rouge. I have it, just never tried it.
    I'll have to do that.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I finally feel like there is a place where I can talk about sewing machines and repairs without someone thinking I grew an extra nose or ear... or looking down on me because I don't know anything...
    You know Miriam, there is a lot to be said about specialized knowledge. And No one knows everything about everything.
    ~G~

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