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Thread: Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder

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    Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. Miss Piggy

    Please feel free to post pictures of your ugly but working sewing machine. Mine feels all alone... and YES this is the AFTER picture. ew I should have shot a before picture but I was shaking so bad from the NEED to fix this thing... maybe therapy..... It was not ALL rusted just the slide plates and the bed. They are both very pitted. The repaint was coming up off the bed so I wire brushed it. It is down to bare metal in places and crud in others. I will need to see if my BIL wants to repaint a sewing machine. If not maybe the DGDs can use nail polish and paint flowers or something on there.

    But don't laugh she sews.
    I got this one because it came with a nice puzzle box. Then since I can't leave things alone I made it sew.

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    I have further discussion of this machine here:
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    and proof she sews:
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    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I don't know if this will let me post another ugly machine picture or not but I'll try.
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    yes the whole case is fashionably covered in contact paper - this machine rocks???
    The machine base is very scarred up. BUT she sews quietly, smoothly and makes great stitches.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    HHHMMMM can't see the scars? they are there...
    Well the case is ugly anyway...
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    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    My ugliest but still sewing machine is my New Home Mdl AB, "Minni".
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    Here is her story: { http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...l-t187261.html }

    I recently got a new shuttle and a New Home badged Hamilton Beech hinged motor for it. The shuttle will help as the original was worn out. The motor just fills a "want" I had for my collection. I just need a screw for the mount.

    Joe
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    Oh and she does make a very nice stitch, too.
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    Still hard to see the rash in pictures - it's all over that bed.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    And another one if QB will accept the pic:
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    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    My ugliest but still sewing machine is my New Home Mdl AB, "Minni".
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    Here is her story: { http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...l-t187261.html }

    I recently got a new shuttle and a New Home badged Hamilton Beech hinged motor for it. The shuttle will help as the original was worn out. The motor just fills a "want" I had for my collection. I just need a screw for the mount.

    Joe
    Joe, I love that mat she sits on.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam please don't paint your machine. I love that logo. I also think that it says something very positive about that machine that it's been used that hard twice and it still sews. I think it's earned every bare spot on it's bed and the most likely second round of pin rash on it's arm and I would just leave it alone.
    My ugliest machine hasn't been made to sew again yet. Give me some time.
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    Rodney, If I paint it I would just paint the bed. It is totally bare and rust gets on everything it touches. I want to keep the decals on the pillar and the arm even though the paint is kind of icky.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Rust is a problem and I'm sure you don't use it often enough to keep it off.
    Rodney
    "Neglect to oil the machine will shorten its life and cause you

    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    I won't use it much until I get it painted. The grand kids are over this morning. Emma is supposedly going to have surgery so I have kids for the morning. They saw that machine and read it then pronounced it ick. I showed them the pictures of before and they were grossed out. It takes a lot to gross those guys out. They have seen some bad machines. The family I got the machine from sent a few before pictures but I have no idea how to load them here. They said that mess was actually a lot worse. He vacuumed it out before I saw it. The family was pleased I got it to work. That was the easy part in this case. Lovie thinks it needs heart decals.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    If rust is the only problem, clean up and clear coat instead of a color??
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    If rust is the only problem, clean up and clear coat instead of a color??
    You mean keep it a steam punk look?
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    After I posted yesterday Walter came in and started turning that steam punk machine. He loves the 8 ball spinner knob. It fit his hand pretty nice. He even got the idea which way the machine was suppose to turn in pretty short order. It was all he could do to get his little arm to go around and around. By the time he left he had it down though. He wanted to adjust the tension and I told him he could only turn the 8 ball. Some time ago I really thought he went in when nobody was looking and turned every single tension knob in the place and what ever else he could turn - then I caught him in the act.... So we had a little talk about that. He's almost 3 and has a speech delay - (he has had therapy a couple days a week) yesterday he said hippopotamus and elephant clear as a bell. He still can't say cat though. BUT he understands everything he is willing to listen to. I know where he gets it, too...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    If rust is the only problem, clean up and clear coat instead of a color??
    You may be right - steam punk look.... My little grand son Walter got his mitts on that machine and had a blast. At first he had trouble turning it. Then he 'got it' and oh boy. It has an 8 ball spinner knob. This machine should appeal to most males - steam punk, sews through about anything and a has an 8 ball spinner knob.
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    and no his hair is not really red - henna.
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    I should finish the story about the steam punk looking machine. I went camping and a man wearing a top hat bought it. He totally fell in love with it. I had a piece of plastic over the hole the slide plates cover - velcro fastened the plastic on to the wood base and you could see the stitches as they formed. Top Hat wanted to let kids see the stitches being made. I'm glad that one got a good home. So many machines that look like that get repainted only to lose their character. I simply cleaned it, made sure it sewed and put a good build up of shellac on the base until it was nice and smooth. It looks terrible but it does appeal to some people. He loved the refurbish decals, roughness and all.
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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