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Thread: Before & After 1954 Singer 185J

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    Before & After 1954 Singer 185J

    I found this on the side of the road during bulk pick-up. The case top was cracked all over, rusted hinges, the bottom of the case fell off the machine which has rust spots, dirty, grimy....hand wheel wouldn't turn. so I only took the presser foot off and the screw...left it there, got back in my car and took off. Well, I started to hear a voice...The machine was calling me...please take me home....so I turned around and picked up the machine put it in the trunk of my car. That was 3 weeks ago. I took it out of the trunk today and cleaned it, brushed off all the rust underneath with a toothbrush soaked in sewing machine oil. I didn't want to have smelly kerosene in the house. I also found that a cottonball soaked in the oil also cleaned the outside of the machine. look how pretty she is now! Anne
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    I forgot the photos..Here they are! Anne
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    Oh my goodness, sewiing machine oil did that????

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    Nice job. Enjoy fixing her up. She looks wonderful.

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    Great job. Aren't you glad you went back. How does she sew?
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    I cannot believe that is the same machine!! Wow!! Great job, Honchey~!

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    nice looking machine for free
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    nice little 185 - fun little machine! Sew-classic has the bobbin cover plate and bobbins!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    She sews quite nicely. I have to clean the bobbin casing area better. I've never removed screws in that area before so I'm a little intimidated. I feel the thread coming up from the bobbin is just a little too tight and there's still a little "junk" where the the thread goes thru the casing. I'm wondering if I could pass some unwaxed dental floss that's been soaked in some machine oil thru that area? Anyone???

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    Great job cleaning the machine.

    Yes, it is possible to clean around the bobbin area. Go to my Youtube channel (see below - sorry, since the changes on this board you can't just click on it for the link) and you will find full instructions on how to clean a machine. I have done two videos, each 13 minutes long. Part 1 has had far more views than part 2 which makes me wonder why people don't watch part 2 - don't they want to see the end result?

    If you unscrew the screw by the little ejector tab at the front of the bobbin case you can actually get the bobbin holder out and clean it thoroughly. If you find it awkward getting the parts out and back in, unscrew the needle plate to give easier access.

    Let me know how you get on!

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    I will...I am going to Home Depot to pick up some emery cloth to clean up some of the rough spots underneath the bobbin casing . I can see it from under the machine. I hope I don't break anything. Oh well. Off to the store. Anne

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    Great find! You did a nice job on cleaning it up. I just recently heard about using the machine oil for cleaning and tried it out on my treadle machine. It made quite a difference.

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    Glad you are working to save this old beauty! What a find, but it took a vintage sewing machine enthusiast to recognize it!

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    awesome SAVE...I have one like this in a cabinet..sews so nicely! ENJOY!

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    Great job! Can't wait to see what you make with your new baby!
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    That's awesome Honchy!! GOOD job!!
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    What a great find. Sorry to burst your bubble but was there a cord with the machine?????? I was at a thrift store and there was a machine for $0.99 bu8t there were no cords. I have since checked around and found that most places that repair machines have cords for sale. Now I am all set!!!

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    Great rescue!
    Frankie,
    Toy Poodle Lacybelle's mom

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    The machine looks beautiful...Great Job.

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    nice find...I'll have to try the machine oil...I have 2 recent finds that I need to get clean up.

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    Some machine oil and a little work brought this little beauty back to life. Good for you for taking on this project, hopefully you'll be sewing with it very soon.

    Interesting to see a machine that was manufactured the year I was born. I wonder if any of the sewing machines produced this year will hold up 57 years?

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    Thank goodness you rescued that poor baby. Now it has a loving home. Happy sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Great job cleaning the machine.

    Yes, it is possible to clean around the bobbin area. Go to my Youtube channel (see below - sorry, since the changes on this board you can't just click on it for the link) and you will find full instructions on how to clean a machine. I have done two videos, each 13 minutes long. Part 1 has had far more views than part 2 which makes me wonder why people don't watch part 2 - don't they want to see the end result?

    If you unscrew the screw by the little ejector tab at the front of the bobbin case you can actually get the bobbin holder out and clean it thoroughly. If you find it awkward getting the parts out and back in, unscrew the needle plate to give easier access.

    Let me know how you get on!
    I just watched your second video - very informative - I will use your information on my vintage machines. One question - would you use lubricant on vintage machines with motors? thanks for posting these helpful videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I just watched your second video - very informative - I will use your information on my vintage machines. One question - would you use lubricant on vintage machines with motors? thanks for posting these helpful videos.
    Don't get any oil on the motor - smells awful...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Aren't you gald that you listened to her calling you? That is a great little machine, and it cleaned up well!! I love seeing what people throw away that are really good! It's a lot better than the newer Singers out there. People just don't know what they have.

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