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

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    Yep, almost all the tube! But, I've got a lot of it...when we quit selling it at Hancocks, I bought several tubes on clearance. I've actually only had one machine that needed it all replaced. I'm wondering if even Vaseline would work. I've read somewhere that you can use it in place of Singer lube for the motors BUT I've never tried it....

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    Hatman Jack's in Wichita Ks, makes custom hats. Jack may have some info for you on threading your machine. I've been in there several times but I don't know what kind of equipment he uses on the custom hats.

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    Hello everyone,

    My girlfriend and I stumbled across an old Singer treadle for sale that has all the working parts (I think) and just needs a bit of love to make it look fabulous again and get working. We're no experts and would like some advice if possible!

    The model is the one shown in this thread I believe Check out my new baby!! A Singer Redeye 66-1 Treadle!! And what is my bonus?

    We'd like to know the date is possible, the number we see is G8540852, any helpers?

    The wood is generally in good condition, although the fold down top has some damage. Is it possible to get a replacement, or too rare? Also, any hints on generally cleaning up the wood?

    The beautiful decals are faded, I don't suppose there is a way to restore these?

    Any help would be much appreaciated!

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    I recently picked up a Singer 15-90 which didn't have a bobbin or slide cover plate. I got those from Jenny at Sew-Classic. I have her cleaned and oiled (though not polished just yet) but I can't figure out how to get the slide cover on. What's the trick? Thanks in advance.

    Lois in CA

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    Turn the plate over. Do you see one end has openings on the edges and the other does not? You have to put it toward the needle, then slide it on to the clips. Some times the spring clips need a little coaxing with a screw driver to go in the grooves. But it goes the opposite way you do when you use it. Make any sense?
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    OK, this is my 4th Bernina. This one needs some real clean up but..."It's a Bernina" 802. Can't stop myself. Any suggestions for rehab (preferably in Florida) would be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdalton82 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    My girlfriend and I stumbled across an old Singer treadle for sale that has all the working parts (I think) and just needs a bit of love to make it look fabulous again and get working. We're no experts and would like some advice if possible!

    The model is the one shown in this thread I believe Check out my new baby!! A Singer Redeye 66-1 Treadle!! And what is my bonus?

    We'd like to know the date is possible, the number we see is G8540852, any helpers?

    The wood is generally in good condition, although the fold down top has some damage. Is it possible to get a replacement, or too rare? Also, any hints on generally cleaning up the wood?

    The beautiful decals are faded, I don't suppose there is a way to restore these?

    Any help would be much appreaciated!
    Welcome. :-)

    Date appears to have been issued Jan 1921 but Singer assigned serial #s in batches so there is no way to pinpoint the exact date of manufacture. Two sources point to 1921:
    G8540852
    G-8515551 to G-9126000 = 1921 per http://www.singerco.com/support/mach.../single-letter

    and ISMAACS
    G- 8583551 to 8584550 January 28 1921


    Wood restoration is general furniture refinishing. You can wash it but try not to use lots of water because water makes shellac turn cloudy. You can "French polish" the shellac and leave it on. Or, strip all shellac off with denatured alcohol and then steel wool the cabinet smooth, and then stain it if desired and then brush new shellac on it. If veneer is missing, people either peel the rest of it off, or do a Dutchman patch, or you can get veneer sheets from Woodcraft or other supply house and re-veneer it.

    Decals: Not much way to restore those unless you are good at handpainting.

    Read threads here and you can also check out http://www.treadleon.net/ for restoration tips.

    I steel-wooled and wirebrushed the treadle base and painted it satin black, then got a couple bottles of gold gilt paint, decided which one looked the best color, and repainted the gold accents on the treadle base. Some people used stove polish.
    Last edited by MadCow333; 05-19-2013 at 05:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Turn the plate over. Do you see one end has openings on the edges and the other does not? You have to put it toward the needle, then slide it on to the clips. Some times the spring clips need a little coaxing with a screw driver to go in the grooves. But it goes the opposite way you do when you use it. Make any sense?
    I tried Miriam but no go! All I managed to do was scuff up the black paint on the edge of the opening. Here's what the backside of the plate looks like.

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    OK - different kind than I was thinking - the clips go on each side - go at an angle and twist. Pry the spring with a screwdriver to get it slid on.
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    Just a note on the Bernina, I knew it was running rough....supposedly was "serviced" less than a year ago. BONE DRY and full of lint... People are really being robbed of their hard earned money... I'm in shock and I'm not easy shocked!!!

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