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Thread: How I spent by Saturday - restoring a 1918 Treadle

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    and she's beeeee-uuu-ti ful!! I've got her sitting in my living room just so I can sit and grin.
    Two son's were going through their mother's house, over the last 3.5 yrs since her passing, and slowly putting items on craigslist. They finally decided on the treadle. I jumped!! She was in good condition to start with so I lucked out. Machine head...not so much.
    As I'm oooh'ing and ahhhh'ing over it, one of the son's mentions he's keeping one of her other machines. Takes me into the original sewing room and pulls out a Rocketeer. I immediately mentioned if he ever decides to sell it, I've got dibs =). Was in pristine condition.

    Anyway, back to "Catherine Elizabeth", named after their mother and grandmother.....I'm so very proud!!!!
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    Beautiful! I'm so happy for you!

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    Wow, the woodwork is pristine! Lucky find!!

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    Beautiful

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    8+ hrs with Howard and his fumes, (outside too) I'm surprised I can still spell my own name.

    Thank you
    *big ol cheezy grin*

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    It is so gorgeous

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    I knew if anyone else appreciated it would be you guys, thanks for letting me share!!!

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    gorgeous!

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    gorgeous... :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Naomi

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    Beautiful cabinet, lucky you! :D:D:D

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    Beautiful cabinet, hope they call you on the other machine too.

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    OMG, so beautiful!

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    oh how nice, lucky you. Barb

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    Wow Beautiful cabinet, have fun

    What did you use to clean her up???

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    wow the woodwork is beautiful!

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    Isn't it beautiful!!! I'm still grinning....so lucky!

    I used Howard's Restore Finish, then the Feed & Wax. I do need to say, that isn't easy. The Restore took ALOT of elbow grease, was not easy.

    I have another treadle to do yet, so dark you can't see the Tiger pattern. Can't imagine the work that's going to be required to lighten it back up.

    Just doing this one, took 8.5 hrs

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    I am impressed that you got it done in 8.5 hours. I never finish a restoring project because it takes so long.

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    beautiful!

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    I have one just like this one that has a very nice red eye in it. I can't seem to get it shineing like yours it has many layers of gunk. I didn't want to strip it but it is looking like I may have to :(
    You did an outstanding job! I wish I could find the howards here but have had no luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    I have one just like this one that has a very nice red eye in it. I can't seem to get it shineing like yours it has many layers of gunk. I didn't want to strip it but it is looking like I may have to :(
    You did an outstanding job! I wish I could find the howards here but have had no luck.
    Do you have a Kroger out there? Kroger now owns a chain here that carries everything, sorta like Walmart but higher end.

    I'm thinking I'll have to strip the other one but worried about the laminate lifting.

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    On the machine's themselves, if you don't have a lot of decals, I've found Turtle Wax brand Bug and Tar remover has worked wonderfully! Machine doesn't need the waxing afterward either. I used it on a 201 & 301a.
    http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=85

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    Did you clean up the woodwork? What did you use. It looks brand new!

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    Grinster, look at the top post on this page and thank you for the compliment on my hard work!

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    Beautiful cabinet, I would display it too. Just no room here. Glad you found this beauty.

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    Nice work, beautiful cabinet.

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