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

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    Senior Member grant15clone's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    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
    Joe (and anyone that is following this) I have several bottles of different wax that I use. On one machine Brand X works best. On another machine Brand Y works best and so on. Try a little and see how it works on a particular machine. I have used as many as four different waxes on a machine to find the one that works best for that particular machine. A little sewing machine oil in between waxing can also do wonders too. I use tooth picks to get off a lot of stuff in tight corners and on Knurled knobs. Sometimes an old sewing machine needle is what is called for to get in there too but NEVER on a painted surface. Discretion and patience is needed. The space between the bed and the neck where the two join usually has an air bubble behind it. DO NOT RUB THERE TOO HARD WITH A TOOTH PICK!!! YOU WILL PUNCH THROUGH IT!!! I always try the mild to harsh method as to not damage anything and go slow. Tooth picks wear out faster but will not scratch paint or chrome, they crack and break easily, but they are cheap. And always use WOOD tooth picks. As for the Dremel and Jeweler's Rouge, BE CAREFUL! It is best for small parts because it does put tiny scratches in the surface and when light hits it, you will see "Swirls". On small surfaces these scratches or swirls are not noticeable but on larger surfaces they are. I have a cordless Dremel that has a low and a high setting. The low works fine but the high is too fast.
    I hope this helps and good luck.
    ~G~

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    I am so lucky to be the owner of the Singer 66 that grant15clone posted the restoration pics on. She is now back in her cabinet, and looks even better in person. And she sews like a dream. This is the machine that I learned to sew on, that my Mom made my first school dresses on, and much later, quilts for Grandbabys. When I saw the machine after Grant worked his magic, I was just blown away. I had wanted to get it in shape to sew on, and got back a machine that looks like new. Now I can understand why my Mom never wanted to trade it in. Thank you Grant!

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    How do you pick out a Dremel?
    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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    I am such a happy girl. In the past month I have brought home 3 new machines.

    I got a Necchi BU Nova. It is in an ok cabinet, the veneer on the top needs to be replaced. It turns freely. The cords need replacing before I plug it in. The paint is awful. $20

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    When I was looking at the BU, the seller pulled out a second machine to show me. I believe it is a 15 Clone. It already has a name, Hodor. It has the coolest pop-out light. It is in wonderful condition, for having been thrown out of an attic. The case is in pieces on my floor. Again, this one turns freely as well. But, it almost seems like there is a flat spot. Gonna have to take it apart. $20

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    And then! Julia followed me home!! She's wonderful! We have already pieced a quilt top together! A friend of mine did the refurb and went to the process of gathering all the accessories that would have originally come with it. $150.

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    You would think I would be satisfied!
    I think I need the 12 step program...
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    Love the Julia...is it whisper quiet? They love to eat oil because the tolerances are so precise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Love the Julia...is it whisper quiet? They love to eat oil because the tolerances are so precise.
    If it is anything like the Nora you are right - there are plastic parts here and there in the Nora careful with liquid wrench ask me how I know...
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    Miriam, I got an adjustable dremel for the holidays. My DH hunted for some time to find one that is variable speed, and ended up getting it at wally world. However, I am disappointed because I can't find an adjustable chuck for it that will take 1/16 size attachments.
    I have been going back to my prior, cheap dremel that I got a hand attachment/foot speed pedal for, since it adjusts to everything.
    Cil
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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    Miriam, I got an adjustable dremel for the holidays. My DH hunted for some time to find one that is variable speed, and ended up getting it at wally world. However, I am disappointed because I can't find an adjustable chuck for it that will take 1/16 size attachments.
    I have been going back to my prior, cheap dremel that I got a hand attachment/foot speed pedal for, since it adjusts to everything.
    Cil
    foot control? I like that idea
    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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    My aunt just purchased for me a machine that she thought was a FW. It isn't! It's a 99K serial # EL981277, can you tell me something/anything about this machine? I don't have it yet as she is in another state. She is having issues with threading as there was no manual with the purchase. She bought it for 75. at an estate auction with the case. She says they had it plugged in and it worked! Thanks for any help you can offer on the machine. .
    Sandy

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    I love those little machines - you can search on QB - upper right and find tons of info - singerco has a free 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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