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Old 06-04-2021, 09:43 AM
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... the knurled knob on the flywheel, the knob you unlock to wind bobbins, is absolutely gross. I've tried butting SMO on it and letting it soak several times. It doesn't seem to help much. Is it just so caked and dried it will take a while?...
I don't remember what the hand wheel looks like on that machine. Have you been able to take it off from the machine? Have you tried kerosene (lamp oil) or Tri-Flow oil?

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Old 06-04-2021, 09:53 AM
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I have been able to take the knob off and I've used singer oil so far but I have triflo. It just looks like crusted on dirt over the years but I've read, DO NOT USE WATER! I'll give the pics a try, thank you!
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I need to get some kerosene for cleaning.
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:24 AM
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I have been able to take the knob off and I've used singer oil so far but I have triflo. It just looks like crusted on dirt over the years but I've read, DO NOT USE WATER! I'll give the pics a try, thank you!
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The "do not use water" is mainly for the machine head that is painted and decals. The plated (chrome or nickel) metal pieces if able to remove from the machine head can be cleaned with water or polished with metal polish, but you don't want to do that with it attached. AND you want to be sure the pieces are completely dry before reinstalling. Sometimes the plating can be compromised and flaking so won't polished back to uniform color.

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Do you think it's alright to take the hand wheel off and let it soak in a cleaner? I took it off and let it soak in SMO but it really made no different. That knuckling really hold on to stuff. Maybe something like the gojo with no pumice?
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Do you think it's alright to take the hand wheel off and let it soak in a cleaner? I took it off and let it soak in SMO but it really made no different. That knuckling really hold on to stuff. Maybe something like the gojo with no pumice?
If it were mine, I would take it off and put it in an oxy-clean solution or put it in a bowl in a sink, sprinkle baking soda on it and then pour some vinegar on it. Then I would probably let it soak for a minute or two and take an old toothbrush to it. I would rinse off and put in the sun or take a hair dryer to it. Just make sure it is completely dry before putting it back on.

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Sounds good and I have all those things! Thanks!
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Has anyone tried using the "Magic Eraser" when trying to clean up a machine? Just a thought.
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It is abrasive, that's how it works.
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