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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    http://neworleans.craigslist.org/gms/2195346056.html

    Was looking for sewing machines on craigslist and found this. There are two machines in the list. This is the way to have a garage sale. Thought ya'll might enjoy.
    I sent my BIL/SIL over to the sale to get the safe for me. They are in Slidell so it is just across the pond from them. I told Gary to call about the sewing machines if they still have them I know the safe is still there.

    But your right the guy sounds like a hoot and a half!

    Billy
    Always happy to help other people spend their money!! Glad you are able to get something useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Cleaning the outside of sewing machine..
    I read last week about things to clean with. I hope I remember the right kind.. Black Magic, Wet Shine... Spray Detailer
    I have the memory of a pea.. they special ordered for me. ????????? anyone have a clue? I am clueless!
    Donna, clean with Goop or GoJo non pumice! Or just get some Blue Magic TR3 Resin Glaze! Billy has a tutorial for cleaning on here if you do a search. You can use Liquid Gold also on the cabinet and machine to shine them up.

    Nancy
    Nancy, Queen of Horses, thank you . I wrote those down and will find Billy's tut. Also TY for the Liquid Gold tip too!!

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    http://modesto.craigslist.org/atq/2196572459.html

    I'm just curious about this machine & the price tag.
    Any comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
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    Billy us antiques restoration people have always had trouble with you car painters wanting to spray that high gloss finish on wood. That is okay I understand!!! :lol: You can rub the finish down with steel wool(oooo) and wax to take some of this shine off if you want. Most people do not realize that shellac was used on the machine cabinets and the machines themselves. It is wise to test the finish to see what it is. I am like you Billy we are family and I am here to help. Glenn
    Okay guys... what about Tung oil. Isn't that a shallac of sorts? I'm thinking about using that over the cabinets (I've now got two) once stripped and stained. It penetrates, it seals, you can get it in high gloss and low gloss. Yes? No?
    Tung oil is not shellac, shellac is made from the shellac beetle. I use shellac because that was the original finish on the old sewing machine cabinets. There is nothing wrong with tung oil it is a personal choice. If you like the look then go far it. The solvent for shellac is denatured alcohol so the finish can be repaired easy. Glenn

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    [quote=vintagemotif]
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn

    Okay guys... what about Tung oil. Isn't that a shallac of sorts? I'm thinking about using that over the cabinets (I've now got two) once stripped and stained. It penetrates, it seals, you can get it in high gloss and low gloss. Yes? No?
    I used Formby's Tung Oil high gloss finish on my cabinets. I like the look. You can also use 100% Tung Oil that Lee Valley sells. I use that on my kitchen wooden counter top, works well.
    I get a lot of my stains and shellac from Lee Valley, I do not like Formby's and I really do not tung oil. It must be reaplied every year or so to keep the furniture looking good. Shellac provides a much better moisture barrier than tung oil. I do nodt think tung oil is bad I just think shellac is a better finish. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
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    Billy us antiques restoration people have always had trouble with you car painters wanting to spray that high gloss finish on wood. That is okay I understand!!! :lol: You can rub the finish down with steel wool(oooo) and wax to take some of this shine off if you want. Most people do not realize that shellac was used on the machine cabinets and the machines themselves. It is wise to test the finish to see what it is. I am like you Billy we are family and I am here to help. Glenn
    Glenn you would have loved to see a piano that I refinished (cleared) for the Grand Casino a few years back. I ended up putting 6 gallons of clear on that thing but it was like a swimming pool you could swim in the paint!!

    Yeah us car guys are something else you should see my mail box!!

    Billy
    Billy I would love to see the piano you need that bling in a casino. :lol: You are right I just hate to ruin a good running machine just for parts even though is was only five bucks. Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
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    Funny thing is I am like you and Glenn to me there is no such thing as a parts machine, I want to get them back together and running again. The machine that I got the handwheel off of for Honchey's Red Eye was cobbled back together and is in use in my studio. It is my FrankenSinger!! :lol: I think I used parts from 3 or 4 different machines to get it running (I pilfered a handwheel from a 185J for it). But it is a 66-1 and I could not let it go to the wayside!

    Billy
    I guess we are just a lost cause! We see every machine as needing to be saved! I don't have a FrankenSinger yet, but I bet I end up with one of those one of these days too! How fun is that!

    Nancy
    At the rate I am going it will not be long before I have a Frankenstien to sew on. :lol: Glenn

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    I just found this forum. Count me in! I have an old new home treadle machine. I have to get the leather strap to stay and not pull apart. I don't know to keep it together. I was thinking of stapling it together.

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    After restraining myself from bidding on a 201-2 on eBay I found one on Craigslist, last night!! I went to pick it up this morning. It was $75 and it came in a #71 Singer cabinet!!

    Not sure how much it weighs but man oh man----it's HEAVY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    After restraining myself from bidding on a 201-2 on eBay I found one on Craigslist, last night!! I went to pick it up this morning. It was $75 and it came in a #71 Singer cabinet!!

    Not sure how much it weighs but man oh man----it's HEAVY!!
    Congrats on a great find!

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