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Thread: Another use for a Vintage Machine

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    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
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    BarbaraSue,

    I have a Singer 99K that was totally, solidly rusted tight. I refurbed it and it's sewing now. Rusty is what I named him. Currently he wears a hand crank unit and I'm searching for a 3/4 size case for him. He ain't purty no more, but he sews purty good good.

    The only difference between his being a piece of junk and functional sewing machine is my willingness to take the time and effort to fix him. He sews just fine and only three parts were replaced. One because I broke it.
    I've used as much of his original parts as I could.

    I won't condemn any machine just because it's old, worn, rusted ( unless it's like the boat anchor I think Candace posted the pic of) or a non Singer.

    I guess it's just an attitude thing. My attitude is I'll fix it if it can be fixed at all.

    Remember the 66 head I traded you was a parts machine and I put it back to work.


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    Right, we will assume it was too far gone to restore. I like it.

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    I think that's a cute idea for an old machine that's not restorable! I often see some really fun ideas people have for making their mailboxes unique and different. Never seen a sewing machine, though; usually old farm implements and tools.
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    I will agree, Joe, that you and a few others on this board can do wonders with machines. I do believe it is a gift that many of us do not have even though we are able to bring about some good changes in machines. I just think that if the machine is not even fixable by you, wouldn't having it as a calling card be better than the dump, the barn, the outbuilding? That is all. I respect the machines first and believe that fixing them is the utmost idea. However...
    There are some machines that parts are no longer findable because they were that rare, or made so poorly to begin with that they didn't last. I have one I call a parts machine. Rust remover and elbow grease didn't get the needle post to move with the wheel. My DH almost came off the floor trying to dislodge it, and he is no featherweight. It did not budge after days of soaking. That one, if I wanted that to be my calling card could be at the end of my driveway.
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    Maybe hte person who lives in the house does alterations or dressmakeing. Or as some said just a collector and this one could not be put in working order, so was repurposed as a yard ornament. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    ...middle of the night swap-a-roonie leave a Chinese "singer" repro in it's place.....
    Now that is a great idea!

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    It was a pretty machine. Too bad it didn't find a great home to adopt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCow333 View Post
    Yeah, really. That will buff out, y'all! hahahahahaha!
    I have a product in my meching supplies that would remove that rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute View Post
    I have a product in my meching supplies that would remove that rust.
    Ohhhh tell us - tell us the name of this product! Pleasssse!

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    I've heard of people using them as boat anchors. I guess a lot - probably the vast majority of them - wound up in junk yards or melted down for BB's or something less peaceable. I'd rather see it used as outdoor decor than that, but I agree they could have found a less worthy machine to put out there. It's destiny, by being cute and in the public eye, is to help keep the history of sewing alive. It should be proud. Someday a kid riding by will ask, "Mom, what's that?" and a new vintage sewing machine aficionado will be born.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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