Before & After 1954 Singer 185J

Old 11-09-2011, 10:34 PM
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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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Old 11-09-2011, 10:40 PM
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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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Old 11-10-2011, 05:05 AM
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Nice job. Enjoy fixing her up. She looks wonderful.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:28 AM
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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!
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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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