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Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads

Cleaning and repairing the Shellac clear coat on Vintage sewing machine heads

Old 07-26-2012, 01:26 PM
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Here is a photo of the hinge or bracket that may work for your cabinet.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Enchantedglass View Post
Well she is nearly finished, the cabinet wasnt as bad as I thought, and the iron has just had rust converter on it so far, but looks much better already.

The old lady is looking OK for about 117 years old!
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WOW, you rescued this from a scrap heap? Thank you for saving her. What a beautiful cabinet. You found a real treasure!
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
Glenn, It was Laura, aka NurseknitsLaura, that uses the shoe polish. I have only use shoe polish on shoes.
If is were to clean up my treadle irons, I would follow your method that you suggested.
Thanks Vintagemotif, I knew it had to be Laura. I now remember her thread just a senior moment, oh well!!!!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:17 PM
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Enchantedglass the cabinet game out nice. Did you use my cleaning solution on it? I think it is ready to be waxed.
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Yes I used your cleaning solution on it, and it has had one coat of wax. I think it would benefit from another coat of Briwax.
Thank you for the information regarding the hinge.

I have done some stitching rotating the wheel by hand and she sews beautifully! My leather belt should arrive tomorrow, and i will be able to try her properly. The treadle is lovely and smooth and works really well.

I found the machine in the yard of an antique shop, it was going to be wieghed in for scrap, the coffin lid was in the trash filled with rubbish ready for the bin collection and the machine was at the back of the shop, not working (I think the stop motion was on!)
I paid 5 for it and took it home!

I think she is adorable
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Enchantedglass View Post
Yes I used your cleaning solution on it, and it has had one coat of wax. I think it would benefit from another coat of Briwax.
Thank you for the information regarding the hinge.

I have done some stitching rotating the wheel by hand and she sews beautifully! My leather belt should arrive tomorrow, and i will be able to try her properly. The treadle is lovely and smooth and works really well.

I found the machine in the yard of an antique shop, it was going to be wieghed in for scrap, the coffin lid was in the trash filled with rubbish ready for the bin collection and the machine was at the back of the shop, not working (I think the stop motion was on!)
I paid 5 for it and took it home!

I think she is adorable
I think you have rescued a shinny new diamond. Nice work.
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Enchantedglass View Post
Yes I used your cleaning solution on it, and it has had one coat of wax. I think it would benefit from another coat of Briwax.
Thank you for the information regarding the hinge.

I have done some stitching rotating the wheel by hand and she sews beautifully! My leather belt should arrive tomorrow, and i will be able to try her properly. The treadle is lovely and smooth and works really well.

I found the machine in the yard of an antique shop, it was going to be wieghed in for scrap, the coffin lid was in the trash filled with rubbish ready for the bin collection and the machine was at the back of the shop, not working (I think the stop motion was on!)
I paid 5 for it and took it home!

I think she is adorable
Beautiful job. Am confused. What is solution 1 and solution 2 for cleaning wood.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
Beautiful job. Am confused. What is solution 1 and solution 2 for cleaning wood.
Go to the tutorial section and search for cleaning and reviving cabinets and you seed the instruction for making the two solutions. Go to Charlee's blog(a link is under her signature and scroll down till you see it. This is easier to find on her blog.
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Very nice. One question, please explain the French polish method. Thanks
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Very nice. One question, please explain the French polish method. Thanks
French polishing is to apply shellac with a rag. The rag is made into a fist size ball to fit the hand, then charged with shellac with a few drops of linseed oil. Wipe it on with a circular motion and then with the grain. The more you apply the better the finish. We also to the same with with a rag wrapped around a finger clean the black japan on old sewing machines.
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