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

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    I sent my Featherweight off to Arkansas this morning. She'll be coming home in a lovely shade of dark purple. I'll post pictures when she comes home.
    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Different functions.

    Tri_Flow is a lubricant. it has a silicon base so even when it dries it leaves behind a lubricant (dry silicon)

    Kroil is a penetrating oil. it's function is to seep into cracks and crevasses and soften any existing rust and/or contaminants. It is almost anti oil.

    This stuff REALLY has a amazingly low surface tension... Take two flat plates of material. Put on one drop of other stuff (Tri-Flow, WD-40, sewing machine oil, etc) and on the other put one drop of Kroil. In a few hours you will see the Kroil one has spread out WAY more than any of the others. I buy mine from McMaster Carr http://www.mcmaster.com/
    Thank you Steve. I think I will get some for the penetrating qualities. Thank you for the info.
    ~G~

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    Jenn,

    Brewer shows 3/16" width leather belting in a 100 foot roll retailing at $110.00. If this roll is cut into the standard 72" pieces you will get 16 pieces (plus some left over). At this price that is $6.875 each. That is about retail,, not much saving in buying a large roll.
    I did a quick check on the online auction site for "LEATHER BELT SINGER TREADLE SEWING MACHINES 3/16""
    and found them for about $3.00 to $4.00 each. This $3 to $4 price is lower than my wholesale price.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    hey At the rate I've acquired treadles I'm thinking it will make more sense to just buy a whole spool of leather for belts. Does anyone have a recommendation of a place I can buy it and the staples used for them? I could use 4 or 5 belts right now as it is.
    Cathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I sent my Featherweight off to Arkansas this morning. She'll be coming home in a lovely shade of dark purple. I'll post pictures when she comes home.
    Sharon
    Sharon, Did you take some before pictures?
    ~G~

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    Tri-Flow Oils and grease that we use on sewing machines contains NO silicone. The quotes below are from the Tri-Flow home page:
    { http://www.triflowlubricants.com/index.html }

    Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant Drip Bottle

    Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant is the superior, light viscosity lube that allows for deep penetration into hard to reach moving parts. The drip bottle application, with a convenient straw, allows for deep penetration in hard to reach moving parts. High-grade petroleum oils provide optimum lubrication under extreme temperatures (-60 to 475F) and humidity. Formulated solvents soften and remove dirt and contaminants, while special additives displace moisture and prevent rust and corrosion. Formulated with P.T.F.E.

    Tri-Flow Superior
    Dry Lubricant

    Tri-Flow Superior Dry Lubricant is an elite formula created for dry and dusty conditions. The drip bottle application, with a convenient straw, allows for deep penetration in hard to reach moving parts. Featuring paraffin wax and high-grade petroleum oil to allow the lube to go on wet, but then set up in a dry, 'wax-like' film so it will not attract or absorb grit and grime. Perfect for dry, dirty, dusty conditions, while still providing adequate wet weather performance. Holds up to extreme pressures and resists water wash-off. Provides incredible efficiency without attracting an excessive amount of contaminants.
    Tri-Flow Synthetic Grease

    Tri-Flow Clear Synthetic Grease is a premium quality, extreme pressure, non-melting, waterproof formula that seals out water contaminants. It is available in handy squeeze tube for easy application and fits nicely in a grease gun. Our grease is compatible with most rubbers and plastic and stands up to extreme temperatures (-10 - +400 F). Guaranteed to optimize the performance of your equipment's moving parts, such as bearings and tracks, and will allow them to last longer and run quieter and smoother. Prevents rusting even when exposed to salt water! Formulated with P.T.F.E.
    P.T.F.E. is AKA Teflon.

    Joe

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    Purple Featherweight...can't wait to see that one!

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    See if someone can find the answer to this! How long will Tri-Flow last? After all these years, my DH informs me he has a great deal of it in storage. The Army has used it for ages to lube guns. Would be safe to use the old stored Tri-Flow on my machines?

    Very serendipitous to have this come up in conversation at home, log on to the QB and find it a hot topic here too. Love you folks!!
    Annette

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    I would say, indefinitely. Regular oil lasts nearly forever in the bottle so I'd take a look see at the oil, shake it up, then see what it looks like.

    ~Or~ Contact Tri-Flow and ask them. They made it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I would say, indefinitely. Regular oil lasts nearly forever in the bottle so I'd take a look see at the oil, shake it up, then see what it looks like.

    ~Or~ Contact Tri-Flow and ask them. They made it.

    Joe
    You got me thinking and I wanted to know too. According to their website, 3 years. http://www.triflowlubricants.com/pdf...esellsheet.pdf
    ~G~

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    Grant,

    That's good to know. So it does have a shelf life. I guess I shouldn't lay in a life time supply of it then.

    Joe

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