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    Another Basement Find ...

    According to the Singer site, the serial number indicates it was made in 1921.
    I think this one was my grandmother's.
    If so, it's also the one on which I learned to sew.
    If not, it's very much like that one.

    ahem! it was already very, very, very old by the time my mother started to teach me, thank you very much. LOL LOL LOL

    it looks much better in the photos than it does in person.
    I discovered by accident that the hazy stuff (varnish? shellac?) comes off.
    the black paint underneath is in decent condition.
    is there anything i can safely use to remove the rest of it without damaging the decals?

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    Glenn had a tutorial on here just the other day on how to clean these up using denatured alcohol, linseed oil and shellac. Check in the tutes. Nice machine, btw. I love the red eyes!

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    Found it! Thanks for the pointer.

    Stupid/lazy question ... linseed oil and denatured alcohol ... paint department?
    I could pester somebody at Lowe's but you guys are "closer". LOL

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    local hardware store, or big box in the paint section.
    Cil



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    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Beautiful !

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    What a great "find". She's a beauty.
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    I will probably just shine it up the best i can, but not worry about getting it running.
    I have a spot picked out to put it on display.
    the case disintegrated, so i'll have to rig something to prop it up to sit straight.

    we shall see what we shall see.
    all the parts move except two.
    i can't budge the plate that covers the bobbin case.
    the lever that lifts the foot just "flops".
    i couldn't figure out how to get it working, but i didn't explore too deeply into the innards.

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    Patrice,

    An electrified 66-1. I'll bet that old machine started out it's life in a treadle cabinet.

    Copious amounts of Tri-Flow oil, used on everything that moves or should move will free it up. Just takes a while. Probably just gummed up with old oil.

    You really should bring the old lady back to life. They do sew very nice. I should know, I have a bunch of 66s. Electric and treadles.

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    The plate that covers the bobbin case actually moves towards the needle if you want to get it "off" ...after oiling all over, push it towards the needle and Up...you can download a manual to explain this machine. I'm sure you could get it to work. Cotton balls and machine oil will save your decals ...these are beautiful machines. You may have to unscrew the plate under the needle and remove it to pop off the bobbin cover. You have to return it just opposite ....slides back in same way it gets out.
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    What a great find!!!!!

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    Hello Patrice - You are now in serious danger of being converted to vintage machines.

    The floppy lever will be to do with the spring on the presser bar. Get the screw driver out, take off the face plate, and look inside. I can't imagine the spring has disappeared, but it might be stuck with ancient residue from oil that has accumulated there.

    I can recommend some cleaning videos...

    Good luck!

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    Those fancy decals sure made the machines prettier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Patrice,

    An electrified 66-1. I'll bet that old machine started out it's life in a treadle cabinet.
    That's what I thought, too, when i compared the light and motor to the machine itself.
    The plate the light hangs from is very plain. Most of the machines I've seen like mine have decorative plates on the back. The sticker on the motor seems comparatively "modern", too.

    If that's the case, and if I decide to try getting it to work again, I would prefer to put it back to treadle.
    Hunting down a belt should be possible. The only remaining mechanical issue would probably be the dis-engaged lever for the foot. I did look inside but couldn't see where it's supposed to connect, or how. The screws inside are rusted. I don't have the muscle power to loosen them. I tried WD-40. Is Liquid Wrench better than WD-40? or do you advise something else?

    Unfortunately, I have no space anywhere for a treadle cabinet.
    For now - once I have it spiffed up - it will have to be displayed on a shelf.

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    Be careful with this, I'm sure it's to be used on wood, not a machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    Glenn had a tutorial on here just the other day on how to clean these up using denatured alcohol, linseed oil and shellac. Check in the tutes. Nice machine, btw. I love the red eyes!

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    Hello Patrice - Why don't you take a picture of the inside behind the faceplate so we can see what's going on?

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    OK Patrice. What else is hiding in your basement??? If this were my machine I would remove the motor and light. You can find instructions to make a display box for your Red Eye on the link below. Are you REALLY sure you have no room for a treadle cabinet?

    http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/index.html
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    Not my basement. My father's.
    So far I've scored the two sewing machines and a 30+ year old kitchenaide mixer - which still works.

    I have already removed the motor and light. I need to hunt down one of the nice plates to cover the hole in the back of the machine.

    I live in a divided shoebox with doors and windows. No place for additional furniture of any kind, really.
    there's barely room for me. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    I discovered by accident that the hazy stuff (varnish? shellac?) comes off.
    the black paint underneath is in decent condition. is there anything i can safely use to remove the rest of it without damaging the decals?
    I would clean them with sewing machine oil on a cotton ball ... won't damage the decals. Thats all I used on my 1886 Singer Improved Family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    Not my basement. My father's.
    So far I've scored the two sewing machines and a 30+ year old kitchenaide mixer - which still works.

    I have already removed the motor and light. I need to hunt down one of the nice plates to cover the hole in the back of the machine.




    I live in a divided shoebox with doors and windows. No place for additional furniture of any kind, really.
    there's barely room for me. LOL
    There's always room for a hand crank! Looks pretty and sews nice, too.

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    Lucky you !! A Red Eye is my dream machine. I have 2 chances of finding one here, slim & none but I can hope !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    Lucky you !! A Red Eye is my dream machine. I have 2 chances of finding one here, slim & none but I can hope !!!
    callen,

    They can't be that scarce, I got three of 'em.

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    that is sew cool-show us again after you spruce it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by callen View Post
    Lucky you !! A Red Eye is my dream machine. I have 2 chances of finding one here, slim & none but I can hope !!!
    There are tons of these on e-bay and I saw a couple on shopgoodwill.com too.

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    In Canada, Shell Buzzey has a cleaning product that just melts away the grime, and doesn't hurt the decals, or the paint,
    then just use linseed oil to protect the paint once you have finished cleaning off the old grime. Don't scrub the decals,
    just soak for a while then wipe down with a soft cloth or wet paper towel. We used hot tap water, both machines came up like new.
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    what is the specific name of that product, please?
    i didn't have any luck trying to find it with a google.

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