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Thread: Can this machine be rescued?

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    Here is a machine that I just picked up yesterday. It is locked up solid and is soaking in oil currently. It may have been in a flood or three. The motor is locked up too. This normally wouldn't be as big of a problem but the motor is built in, similar to a potted machine, so I can't just do a motorectemy. If there is rust in there, it may be terminal.
    ~G~

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    Grant,

    Notice the seam just behind the hand wheel at the left of the machine case? If you can separate it there the motor will come apart too.

    Soak it, soak it, soak it, heat it, soak it, tap on it, soak it, heat it .............. Don't take no for an answer.

    Joe

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    You could always google the history channel for that guy (I think it's Rick's Restoration). See if they can give you any ideas. He restores many things. He may be able to help. Just a thought. But if it works leave it alone. Sometimes worth more the way it is. May want to use some linseed oil on the wood or Old English so the wood doesn't dry out.

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    Steve, the question is: Is it too far gone to attempt a restoration?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    Notice the seam just behind the hand wheel at the left of the machine case? If you can separate it there the motor will come apart too.

    Soak it, soak it, soak it, heat it, soak it, tap on it, soak it, heat it .............. Don't take no for an answer.

    Joe
    Joe, I got it to move and it is spinning now. It needed some hammer persuasion. I am almost there but am having a hard time getting the handwheel mounting flange off. I'm ready to find out if the motor is rust or not. If not, It will sew again. I just need to get that flange off to find out.
    ~G~

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    You all are simply amazing! This is a great thread to read through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Sometimes worth more the way it is.
    This thread is going on the general assumption that none of us is going to get rich because of the intrinsic values of these machines. It is more about showing that if the machine is one YOU think is worth having, then YOU can restore most anything.

    Time + Money + Effort = Success.

    Adjust the first three of the formula above as you have resources.

    90% Money + 5%Time + 5%Effort (someone else doing the work)
    10% Money + 30%Time + 60%Effort (doing it yourself with Skills)
    10% Money + 60%Time + 30%Effort (doing it yourself for the first time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Steve, the question is: Is it too far gone to attempt a restoration?
    No such thing as too far gone yet....

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    I'm beginning to think Steve is a miracle worker when it comes to these machines. I'm sending him a "gift" of a frozen solid singer 24 chain stitcher. I figure if anyone can resurrect it, he can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    No such thing as too far gone yet....
    Great, I am sure we will all be watching for the restoration of Sandy the sanded one
    Sweet Caroline

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    This old Singer was sanded, too - It is a very nice machine.
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    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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    I just picked this New Home up for $40

    you can't really see in this picture, but it is a hand crank machine. There is also the coffin top cover. More pics to follow

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    This old Singer was sanded, too - It is a very nice machine.
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    Miriam,
    How about painting it fluorescent red and putting Hello Kitty decals on it?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,
    How about painting it fluorescent red and putting Hello Kitty decals on it?

    Joe
    Bright yellow with smiley faces
    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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    Wow! you did an amazing restoration!

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    Burdick Rescue

    Here is a little Sears 1900-1910 Burdick Miriam gave me to see what I could do with. Poor thing was in sad shape.
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    Franklin (White)

    Here is another one. Some of you have seen this already. I could do more on both of them and will do little on each one each time I use them to sew.
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    Love your work. It is inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Love your work. It is inspiring.
    Thanks Steve as you can see I refurbish lol
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Glenn,

    Your pics wouldn't fully open, but I saw enough to feel safe in saying; you are an artist.

    I have some skills, but not like you do. I'd love for your to work your magic on my New Home.

    Speaking of the New Home, I've got some pics I'll be emailing you soon. I need to find some latches for the case.

    Joe

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    I don't remember seeing the Burdick since you did it up, Glenn - wow you really transformed that one! It is cute little machine. I have it's twin - says Minnesota - twin is in pretty good shape.
    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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    I'll have to send more home with you Glenn... We'll have to sneak so Pat doesn't throw a fit.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Here is a machine that I just picked up yesterday...If there is rust in there, it may be terminal.
    ~G~


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    This just makes me want to cry...

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    You guys are FANTASTIC!! You really work magic on this machines.

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    Good job on the Franklin, Glenn. What did you do to get the lettering looking so good? Did you repaint that area?

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