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Thread: Can this machine be rescued?

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    Can this machine be rescued?

    Hey folks,

    There was some discussing on "Sit a spell" regarding what machines can and cannot be restored, and a request to start a thread for this topic.

    Here it is, along with my first contribution...

    The clever previous owner decided that the best way to free this stuck machine was sandblasting...

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    hmm. So is it still stuck? if not, I don't think I'd even repaint it- just put some clear shellac on it for protection.
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    Still stuck Why no repaint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Still stuck Why no repaint?
    Put it in a bucket of ATF and leave it for a while. Let the oil soak in.

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    Well, here is my contribution to this thread. It's a New Home Mdl AB. We responded to a Craig's List add and this is what we got.
    It was locked up tight, rusted, corroded, the wires were chewed up badly as well as being old and deteriorated. And a huge mouse next was in the bottom. Can it be refurbished?

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    Well, not only could it be refurbished back to life, it was.
    I rewired the motor, added a modern cord block, a modern light ( till I find an original type ) and rewired the foot controller.
    The machine was actually locked up by all the pins and needles shown in the third picture. So once it was cleaned out and oiled up it turned quite easily.
    The mouse nest was a mess. It took a bit to clean it out. It was old though, it didn't smell too much. The mice urine did a number on the paint, and that will have to be addressed eventually. And the case latches were missing.

    The machine is working, and I used it from time to time. Should I ever find some decals for it I'll strip it and do a repaint. I do believe this one is a bit to far gone for fixing the paint.

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    I still haven't found latches for the case, and I'm reluctant to put a modern hasp on it. Perhaps I'll get lucky and find a set.

    Joe

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    Ok, I'll play.
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    This one will also need new wiring, a case or cabinet.
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    bottom of the Singer 15
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    I am in awe of your abilities to revive these machines. I am not worthy. :-)

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    How much time do you think this Singer 15 would take to refurbish???
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    NICE! good job Joe! I agree about the paint. Although I have to say the decals look pretty straight line.... I might go for it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    How much time do you think this Singer 15 would take to refurbish???
    While having a job, 2 weeks, on vacation, 3-4 days.

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    I have 6 or 7 in much better shape in line ahead of that one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Put it in a bucket of ATF and leave it for a while. Let the oil soak in.

    Joe
    What is ATF?.

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    There are machines that I see - no brainer - fix it. Then there are machines like that Singer 15 - something compelling about the machine yet an awful lot of labor. A little rust or a lot of dried up oil can be overcome - and rather quickly most of the time. A LOT of rust??? Days??? Weeks??? Bent tensions no problem. Rust intimidates me I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ccorazone View Post
    What is ATF?.
    Automatic Transmission Fluid

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Automatic Transmission Fluid
    What does that do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    What does that do?
    It's the oil in the transmission of your car that makes it go. No ATF, no zoom zoom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    It's the oil in the transmission of your car that makes it go. No ATF, no zoom zoom.

    Joe
    does it take off the rust?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    does it take off the rust?
    Not so much a rust remover, although it will remove some, as it is a good penetrating oil and fairly cheap. That's why I suggested it for the machine in the OPs post.

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    What else do you do with it?
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    I use it for lubricating the door hinges on my Pathfinder and my wife's truck. Plus just about any oiling task I have. Not sewing machines, although it would work for that. Especially the synthetic ATF. It's a bit heavy though and I don't recommend it.
    ATF has a tremendous amount of detergents in it to keep the transmission from getting dirty so it works good in cases like the OPs machine.

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    The first one (W&W #8 ?) looks like one I am looking at to rescue (if the price is right and I am lucky) I am always amazed at nice these machines "clean up" with a little TLC and a lot of patience. If the "works" weren't completely destroyed I would definitely go for it!

    I just finished up one that looked way beyond repair but she turned out to be quite a little princess. Give it a try. If it don't work for you, send her along to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by chance View Post
    The first one (W&W #8 ?) looks like one I am looking at to rescue (if the price is right and I am lucky) I am always amazed at nice these machines "clean up" with a little TLC and a lot of patience. If the "works" weren't completely destroyed I would definitely go for it!

    I just finished up one that looked way beyond repair but she turned out to be quite a little princess. Give it a try. If it don't work for you, send her along to me
    stop by some time - I have way too many needing less TLC but enough TLC to keep me off the streets for a while.
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