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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop Machine Photos

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    Senior Member grant15clone's Avatar
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    I just finished a couple of machines and thought I would share. First is a 1919 Singer Red Eye. It was in pretty bad shape before I started. Here are some before and after pictures.
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    Another machine I just finished with was a 1921 Singer 128. I changed it over to a hand crank in the process.
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    that looks amazing. miles away in looks from before. great job giving it a TLC.

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    wow such great work. thank you for sharing
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    Those are so amazing.

    Is there a tutorial around here for putting a hand crank on?
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    how did you make all those metals shiny ? dremel, metal polisher ? i have used Brasso but it's not making the metal shiny.

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    Thank you for the kind words.
    Anistasia, It is about as simple as unbolting the motor and bolting on the hand crank. This is a reproduction hand crank. You just need a Singer machine that has a spoked handwheel. I have seen a tutorial about notching a solid handwheel, but it is pretty involved and the results are iffy IMHO.
    vmaniqui, I have been polishing them up with a cordless (much slower speed than corded) Dremel with the felt buffing wheel and jewelers rouge and following up with wadding polish for years and have had great results. The faceplate on the 66 was bad so I took a chance on it to see what would happen if I used a brass brush. It is now going to be what I do on a lot of them if they are rusty or really bad. As long as you can polish it up with a dremel or other buffing wheel after to clean up the small scratches it leaves behind you may want to try it on something that is in bad shape to see what it does. The brush can get in the fine detail really well and it takes off the first layer of rust really quickly. Buffing wheels can also leave behind minute scratches that look like swirl marks after you wax a car. On small areas they are not as noticeable, but on something like a slideplate, you will notice it.
    I hope this answers your questions. If not you can always message me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    Those are so amazing. Is there a tutorial around here for putting a hand crank on?
    No tutorial needed. Take off the motor, keep the boss screw. Line up the handcrank's base with the groove for the electric motor. Slide the base into place, flip the lever up, into the gaps in the handwheel, and tighten the boss screw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    No tutorial needed. Take off the motor, keep the boss screw. Line up the handcrank's base with the groove for the electric motor. Slide the base into place, flip the lever up, into the gaps in the handwheel, and tighten the boss screw.
    Very good instructions!
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    Well, I thought I'd pop in and introduce my newest 15-91. She's a 1955 model in a blond cabinet. .... pretty dirty to start but she's cleaned up now and ready to do the FMQing that 15-91s do so well. I'm posting 1 before cleaning of the face plate and then 2 after cleaning pictures. I think I'm going to replace the wire that goes from the foot pedal to the machine. The outer coating is cracked in places and while it sews just fine and there are no sparks or anything, I think it would be safer to replace it now. I think I'll need about 6 ft. Does anyone know if that's enough to rewire one of these 15-91s?
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