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Thread: What should I do ? (Singer 28K)

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    What should I do ? (Singer 28K)

    Hello,

    I bought this 28K because it came with a hand crank, totally rusted but usable. She was totally frozen, I must say that she was outside under the remains of her bentwood case since years. The price was low (5, 5.5$), and after some discussions I could bring this piece of rust for 3. According to Ismacs she is from 1909.

    I own another 28K in good condition, so I ask you an advice about doing something of this machine. I oiled and clean the mechanism and now all move freely. The only missing parts are the tension assembly and the front plate, but I have some modern in my toolbox, and find a vintage one is not too expensive.

    So, there is some options :
    - keep it as is with varnish on rust.
    - sand it and repaint, in blue, or in green with pink dots.
    - use it as a door stopper or anchor.
    - trash it.
    - ...

    I am open to all advices.

    Many Thanks
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    Steampunk is in style.
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    This machine was gross. I scraped all the rust and garbage off but the base looked bad - see pic. I put shellac on it and it evened out - felt smooth - sewed smooth. I put it in a wooden frame. My husband put some dots of velcro on the frame and some on a sheet of thick plastic. You can watch it make stitches. We put a steering wheel spinner knob on it. I took 10 machines camping with me. That one sold first.

    Since it works, put a tension on it - you can get by with a spring, two disks and a nut. Put a little shellac on the base, then put plastic down and watch it sew.
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    Nice save.
    Option one or two are both good. I think it looks pretty good as is. On the other hand your machine isn't exactly rare. No one would feel put out by someone repainting a machine in that condition. If you want a custom painted machine that one is a good candidate.
    You got a bargain in my opinion. The hand crank alone goes for much more here.
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    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    I have ony just like yours and I like it the way it is. I use it for decoration. It does have a shuttle bobbin, a needle in it and does crank freely. I am missing a front cover like yours. Keep it just like it is.
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    My 28 was missing the front slide plate and I got it from Sew-Classic.com. Some of the newer ones may be longer, but can be ground down according to a well-respected, local SMM. I like the repaint ideal with new decals from Ebay on "Singer decals" They come in different colors too. If money is the most important, then leave it as-is, except do get the plate.

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    If you are ever forced, by circumstance to grind down a plate, be sure to grind the back, the part you can't see. Thank you for saving another machine.

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    Many thanks to all for your replies. I think I will sand and repaint it. Rust is very deep and I found some under paint. I already buy some new plates from sew classic, they were not too long but a little bit too large and after a little grinding they fit perfectly. The plastic one is also a good idea, I must find some acrylic glass but the one I could find locally is a little bit thinner.
    I will post photos of this restoration here, but first I must finish a 48K.

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    The plastic I used was some I was supposed to throw away at work. I had more than enough for my work so I took the rest home. It is the clear stuff I put between magazines. Nice and heavy but not bulky.
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    Paint it and refresh the whole thing and get the parts, it is a treasure, antiques can not be replaced. Save the machine to pass down too or sale, just don't trash it please!!!!!!

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    I began to work on this machine two weeks ago during my holidays, now I am back to work and it may be more difficult to find time ...

    Here are some pictures.
    First removing many of the moving parts :
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    Then move it to the garage, the driver is my son
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    Then polish visible, and sometimes hidden parts, I use a nylon brush on my drill, then polish with paste on fabric discs and "mirror" to finish, I think that for you it's something like Brasso. On the large plates I will make more polishing to try to remove the black spots, in facts they are less visible that on the photo.
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    Last Saturday, I strip the paint on the body with an horrible chemical thing, but the result is pretty good :
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    So now I will continue to sand it to remove all rust spots and begin to paint with a first coat of paint.
    I will put some pictures as soon as possible.

    Have a nice day from Brittany

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