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

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    Thanks Sewbiz,

    I copied your info to my notes. It is much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mare
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    Grins, you're talking way over my head. I'm still crawling, not walking yet with the abbreviations? HC ? What does that mean? Pictures help... I understand part of it. I will probably feel really stupid when I find out what HC means. Grin, I can take it ! Thank you for the info.
    Sorry--HC=hand crank

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Now I need some help with abbreviations... VS and TS. VS= Variable Shuttle??? But what is TS? I'm drawing a blank.
    VS=vibrating shuttle
    TS=transverse shuttle

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    [quote=Miz Johnny]
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
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    I learned to sew on a VS machine, and still love them. I don't mind their little clickety-click!! I find it soothing. They're simple machines, and rarely need adjustment. The only thing better is a TS!!
    I thought you said they would have to pry the 201s out of your dead hands. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Now I need some help with abbreviations... VS and TS. VS= Variable Shuttle??? But what is TS? I'm drawing a blank.
    VS=vibrating shuttle
    TS=transverse shuttle
    Please, what's the difference between the VS and the TS?

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    [quote=vintagemotif]
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    . . . .

    I learned to sew on a VS machine, and still love them. I don't mind their little clickety-click!! I find it soothing. They're simple machines, and rarely need adjustment. The only thing better is a TS!!
    I thought you said they would have to pry the 201s out of your dead hands. :wink:
    Now you know why I have <fill in blank with random number> sewing machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman

    Please, what's the difference between the VS and the TS?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbin_drivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    Hi Kwendt, I restore antiques and have for years. Learned the trade in Germany when stationed there in Army. The best thing you can do on the raw wood with smoke and tar is to wipe down the surface with household ammonia(damp only) and do this twice. When dry coat the raw wood with clear or orange shellac from Lowes or Home Depot. You can also wipe down the wood with denatured alcohol which is better than ammonia. Use two thin coats of the shellac. I would recommend using shellac as the final finish on the outside of the cabinet. Most sewing machine cabinets that are fairly old all had shellac. You can tell what finish was used by rubbing a small spot with alcohol, if it desolves the finish then shellas was used, if not it is varnish. The shellac will block orders. I only finish my cabinets by stripping if needed then stain with a anline dye(water soluble). You can get in walnut and oak or any color you want. Then finish off with three coats of shellac. I hope this help and I will be glad to answer all your questions. Glenn
    Glenn... many, many thanks. I will do as you say. I was so close to ditching the cabinet!

    The finish on the top is shot, looks almost like 4" diameter fire damage, black cracklin on the finish, cracks to dry wood below. I'll strip it, 0000 steel wool it, and see what I've got. If the top is marred to the point that I'd have to re-veneer it... then I'll stain the top black translucent and stencil it like a Boston rocker, leaving the legs a natural warm walnut color. I've got walnut stain already. I've never used shellac before, so I'll look it up in my refinishing books/online. Thank you for the tip on sealing the odors, hopefully it will seal the tar too. I'll PM you if I have any more questions. And when finished, post some pics. Thanks again, Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mare
    She said it doesn't work. She wants 20 for it. Whatcha think?
    Jump on it!!! I can fix it no problem and its more than likely something simple!

    Billy

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    Kwendt, You can buy oak veneer at Lowes in a sheet large enough to cover the top. It is the right thickness to. It is resonalbly priced. Take the old veneer off sand top smooth and use contact cement to glue it down. After glueing down roll smooth with a rolling pin pressing hard. Let stand overnight before finishing. Glenn

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