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Thread: Cleaning Singer 66

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    I just bought a Singer Red Eye 66 (born 1916) am wondering what I should use to clean her exterior without harming the decals. Also, what is recommended for polishing off the rusty corrosion on the hand wheel? The end plate looks pretty good, but I'd like to shine that up a bit too. I have consulted the web and found different opinions. Since I know a lot of you have a beautiful and cherished vintage machine, I figured you may be a more reliable source. I heard there is a tutorial here on this subject, so I'll look into this. Just thought I would gather all info I can before I do something unintentional but irreversible to my new girl. Thanks.
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    What a nice machine :mrgreen: In the vintage machine area Billy has posted tutes on cleaning older machines - maybe that will help you http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual...jsp?vsnum=1013

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    those tutes are great i would look at them before doing anything to it

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    Congratulations! She's a beautiful machine. Did they have a Featherweight too?

    p.s. - come hang out with us in the Vintage Sewing Machine Shop: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm Vintage machine fanatics with pictures & questions welcome!

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    The decals are beautiful!!!

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    .[quote=QuiltnCowgirl]Congratulations! She's a beautiful machine. Did they have a Featherweight too?

    No, unfortunately the Featherweight she had was a newer model, nothing like the old ones. Oh, well....I'll just have to keep my eyes and ears open. The problem lies in that during my quest for one, I'll run into a heap of other beautiful machines that I will feel compelled to buy. Has anyone ever heard of a Featherweight being in a cabinet with a knee control instead of a foot control? One is advertised locally, but I didn't know they came that way. I thought the whole point for Featherweights was mobility.

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    [quote=so-sew].
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Congratulations! She's a beautiful machine. Did they have a Featherweight too?

    No, unfortunately the Featherweight she had was a newer model, nothing like the old ones. Oh, well....I'll just have to keep my eyes and ears open. The problem lies in that during my quest for one, I'll run into a heap of other beautiful machines that I will feel compelled to buy. Has anyone ever heard of a Featherweight being in a cabinet with a knee control instead of a foot control? One is advertised locally, but I didn't know they came that way. I thought the whole point for Featherweights was mobility.
    There was a cabinet made for the Featherweight. They are rare. Post a pic in the Vintage Machine Shop & they can help you with more info over there.

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    Very pretty machine and with some polish she will look really sharp!

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    It looks like the protective coating over the decals is crazed. I would be so very careful with whatever you use. It could wind up silvering the decals. Billy says to use the non-pumice go-jo, but with the damage, it might silver. Ask me how I know! Try it in a hidden spot on the back and stop if you see any silvering. For the handwheel and the plate on the back, he says to use Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish. Wow! That stuff really works great, but takes lots of rubbing. My hands felt like they would fall off. But the results were worth it! Take them off the machine, first!

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    Oops. Didn't put a before for this one, but it was the same as the back plate. Some of the rust pits were too deep and didn't polish out all the way.
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    She's a beauty!!!!!!!!! Go to the machine shop- I believe it's page 46.
    I took my 66 Redeye apart with Billy's tute and put her back together again- she's amazing!! :D
    Congratulations!!

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    Wow!! She sure is pretty :thumbup: !!!!

    Try using some good quality sewing machine oil to clean her up. Just put some on with your fingers and then gently rub it around and let it sit for a few minutes, Using a soft cloth or cotton balls wipe off the oil and some of the dirt will come with it. You will probably have to do this more than once for each area. Do it to an area that won't show just in case something happens to the decals :shock: . I used sewing machine oil on mine and nothing happened.

    I used "No. 7 Chrome & Metal Polish" (got it at the local hardware store) on the face plate of my new 201-2, the other day, and it really worked good. I put it on a cloth and rubbed the face plate the in same way I that rub silverware when I'm polishing the tarnish off. The face plate went from being brownish yellow to nice and shiny!!

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    What a great looking machine.

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    Okay here is my 66 that has really bad crazing and I cleaned it like I do all of my machines with Kerosene (for the mechanics) GoJo and finished off with Liquid Gold.

    Billy

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    Wowie, wow, wow, Billy. That is an impressive transformation! Thanks for sharing.

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    I wish mine had turned out that well! But you can't bring out what just isn't there anymore. My poor "Helen" was so abused before I saved her. Her cabinet was totally ruined, so I put a hand crank on her. Now if I could just get hubby to make her a box to sit in! Billy is the guru!

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    Billy is awesome - I just got my Red Eye back from his "spa" and she is absolutely gorgeous.

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