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

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    ~grin~ That's a good one too Joe!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    I would fix it by throwing a pretty embroidered cloth over it!!
    I bought a beautiful mantle from a salvage place for my last house. Before the carpenter got it installed, they managed to knock it over and take a couple of bad chunks out of the edge. He did a beautiful job of fixing it with filler and stain. I was amazed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Joe, I think I'm going to have to replace that wood...the whole top. I'll try a filler and see if I can make it look decent, but I'm already thinking that I will probably have to have it replaced. You can see the one chunk of veneer missing under the handwheel, and there's another larger one on the inside of the lid. The base of the cabinet is in great shape...it's got the embossed #24 cabinet...
    Miz Johnny

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    I have a "new" to me Treadle made by the Whayne Manufacturing company in Louisville Kty. I know it needs cleaned up and a belt. Could someone please point me in the right direction for more information. I don't think much is wrong, the treadle still rocks and the wheel turns.

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    Charlee,
    A great dane visited and chewed on your cabinet? hahaha
    Sharon

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    Billy, Am so hoping you can help me. I bought a New Royal treadle sewing machine about six weeks ago. It was in pretty bad shape. Was completely rusted fast. I now have everything loose and moving except I cannot remove the presser foot. I have the little booklet that came with it but it does not tell me how to remove the presser foot. Have tried WD40, rustbuster, and hairdryer after eadch one. aAm afraid to try to turn anything for fear of breaking something because I don't know what to turn. LOL. Perhaps you can help me. Thank you so much for your time. Sandy better know as Gragra. You can email me at sgragra3@gmail.com.

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    Charlie, just tell everyone "That is the machine I cut my teeth on"
    The other thing I thought of is to make a triangle shaped pincushion that fits over it until you decide what route you want to go on it.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Treadlep, Thank you so much Audie is indeed a 99-23 or 24!!! found the manual online and checked the tension page, it was exactly right... when the new springs get here I will put it together correctly. What a relief. Since he came without any kind of box or wood around him I don't know 23 or 24 but than wont matter to me.

    ~Karen
    You are welcome---I knew it wasn't a 99-13 because there is no reverse lever on the 13, and yours very clearly showed the white lever in the picture. I don't think the 13s were made as late as the 1940s either. And I'm glad to hear you like the crinkle finish; I think I got confused with everyone offering their crinkle opinions! I went through the whole research process two years ago when I bought my 99-23/24 at our local Goodwill because at first I wasn't sure what I had---I didn't know much about the vintage machines but had been looking for a crinkle and this one worked. The wiring on the plug of mine is exposed and scary looking, so my husband and I are in the process of creating a treadle table for it---I cannibalized an old singer table with a crappy worn out top and am using the treadle irons for the new top with a 3/4 sized opening. We separated the wires for the light from the foot control and electrical plug and replaced the plug so the light can still be used while treadling. When I got the 99, I did not even know there were different sized Singers. I've learned a lot from this thread/board.

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    gragra,

    I don't think Billy is here any more. At least I haven't seen him post in a very long time.

    A couple pics would help us with our on-line diagnosis.

    There are maybe three or four methods to remove presser feet, and most of them use a thumb screw either from the left side or the rear. Always turn the screws counter clockwise to loosen them.
    However the machines that use the top clamp feet have a big nut on the presser foot shaft right above the foot. Turn that nut counter clockwise to loosen it. If needed wrap it in a piece of leather and gently encourage it with a pair of pliers.

    Also WD-40 is not a good penetrating oil or lubricant. You'd be better off with Tri-Flow oil. It really does what the others claim to do. Make sure you clean the WD-40 out of your machine and re-oil it with sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow. You'll be happy you did.
    Tri-Flow can be had at Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ } and some bicycle shops.

    Joe

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    There is a ton of info about how to clean up and restore the old machines on here. Use the search feature at the top right of this page.
    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
    Charlie, just tell everyone "That is the machine I cut my teeth on"
    The other thing I thought of is to make a triangle shaped pincushion that fits over it until you decide what route you want to go on it.
    ~G~
    Never thought about the pincushion idea, but think I've pretty much decided that I will paint this one...hopefully I can do a good enough job with putty to at least mimic the shape of the corner...then at a later date when I have the needed tools to build a new top I can refinish it properly...but in the meantime the spousal unit will let it stay in the house!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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