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Thread: EARLY Elias Howe sewing machine

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    Wonderfull work

    Dear Steve, I am french and I could admire your work on my computer in Paris. Wonderfull !

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    I noticed the latest one has some visible decals too. Hope that helps you get this beauty back closer to original condition. I *almost* bid on it but I was hoping you were the person with the highest bid so I let it go. Congrats!

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    Thanks. at this point from this machine I only need the feed dog arm and brass spring, and one internal screw. The rest will be "spares" or if someone else is in need of parts.

    My current plan is to make one machine a treadle base and the other into a portable.

    Last night we got the first pass done on the gold work for the needlebar arm.

    Here is the research that I used to kinda show the process.

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    Clip from manual
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    JPG of design I drew on PC. I place tracing paper under this and transfer the design, then pain over that.
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    This is the design for the arm art as I worked it out on the PC for tracing onto the part.


    We also painted the first two corners of the gold work on the bed but were not happy with the results, so I ended up quick drying the paint and sanding it back down, then shooting a new coat of satin to "wipe the slate clean" as it were.

    The issue I think was that I was the one who traced the pattern and then my daughter did the painting. We agreed that she should trace it this time so she gets the feel for the design better. She is also practicing the design on spare painted metal. Hopefully she will be painting that today while I am at work... hehe

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    Here is the photo of the first pass at painting it.

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    Still need to do some cleanup but not bad...

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    here is an update shot of the bed in process of getting painted. Note the yellow tracing paper, this helped tremendously. The two corners that are visible have been painted.

    The plan is to paint them all, do a LIGHT sand, do any touch-ups needed, polishing compound, then clearcoat.
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    Here is the first try at cutting out a new take up arm. After cutting this one out I realized it was 1/8" short and that the end needed to be wider. I chose brass to keep with the theme of replacements are brass, like the slides that I made.
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    Last edited by SteveH; 01-16-2013 at 09:22 AM.

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    This has been one of the best "work in progress" threads. Can I presume that you are cutting the brass take arms manually? If so, what size blade are you using? And what kind of brass are you using?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Thank you for that, it help to get "ohh's and Ahh's"...... It keeps me working when I am surrendering layers of skin to wire wheels and such....

    Manually? Yep. I have tried to load my scroll saw with the jewelers blades in the past and it works but I find that I really count on the pressure feedback to control finer cuts, so for this, it is by hand.

    I am using a jewelers saw and for this I am using 2/0 blades. The 20ga brass is "standard" brass sheet from my jewelers supply in Hayward(Georges Gems BTW, for those who like old shops, this place has been around forever)

    The real bugger here is going to be forming the raised area... the metal is so thin and soft that it is hard to form a 360 deg depression without "wrinkles". I am looking into making a tool to do this since I have bought an additional Howe and will most likely need at least one more.

    I just dropped off 25 lbs of 4130 tool steel armor off at the tempering shop!! that project is now on hold until Saturday when I get it back and start the assembly.

    Yeah, playing with sewing machines tonight!!!!

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    Steve I am amazed at the work you have done on this machine. I wish I had your talent. What a wonderful thread
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    I have completely been captivated by this restore as well. Now I know who I'm gonna call when I need to get a new slideplate made for a machine. WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS MISSING!??!!

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    ok, got some painting done. (still NEED to do touch ups)

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    and with the arm from above in place (without the bolt )

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    WOW WOW WOW I can't wait for the next installment!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    ok, then to please the Lady Miriam (always like saying that...)

    The bed painted
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    Upper assembly almost complete
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    and by flash
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    From the back
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    And finally (for tonight), with tensioner

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    well worth the insomnia! thanks Steve!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Steve, I am really enjoying following your progress on this thread. It's like watching the phoenix rise from the fire to see your sewing machine brought back to glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlebearquiltingboard View Post
    Steve, I am really enjoying following your progress on this thread. It's like watching the phoenix rise from the fire to see your sewing machine brought back to glory.
    how poetic - but you are so right - I have watched blacksmiths at work and I am always in awe of what can be done with metal. It is outside my realm.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    wow. I wonder what the seller would say if they saw the dramatic transformation you've brought to this! I think Mr. Howe would be proud.

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    I am totally in awe of the talent you and your DD have. What a beautiful restoration. The last set of pictures actually brought tears to my eyes, it was like seeing something reborn! Thanks so much for sharing this journey with all of us.
    Linda
    There may be times we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel

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    ​Gave me goosebumps.
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    Steve I am just amazed. This is a best restoration job I have seen in a long time
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    I blame the spirit of this board and its inspiration for the results...

    I AM sending a picture once the lower half is assembled to the original seller (dealer) on EBay....muhahaha

    But, I'm not done yet.

    I have paint touch up to do.
    I have the take up to manufacture (TONIGHT hopefully)
    I have final "polish" then clearcoat to do.
    I have to swap out the "replacement" feed dog arm when it arrives
    I have to find an appropriate needle
    I have to get the correct shuttle and bobbin in house and cleaned up.
    I have to build a portable case for it
    I have to arrange the 3:1 hand crank mechanism to work the belt pulley.
    I have to learn how to sew with it... (insert goofy grin)

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    Last night as I was sitting in bed and "spinning down" I was playing with the tensioner (yeah, I know...) and i was able to feed thread through it as per the manual description...
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    The end result is that the tensioner spins when the thread is pulled through!!!

    THAT will be cool to watch!

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    kinda makes you wonder how they came up with the whole process!

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    yes, it does... It appears that the intent was to establish tension as early as possible in the process and manage it through the whole cycle. As I get through the whole process of threading it correctly it'll be interesting to see how it "flows".

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    ok, Last night I was only able to take flash shots which screwed up the image, or non-flash which were too low-light to be useful.

    Today Heather took "Ej" out back and took some modeling shots

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    wow. That is one amazing resurrection. Color me impressed...and jealous!

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