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Thread: How to Clean Up and use a vintage sewing machine - videos by Muv and Fav

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    Miriam, thank you so much for gathering all these valuable links in one place. Your collection here is a treasure trove and greatly appreciated! I've bookmarked this thread, saved it as a favorite, and then saved in my own files just so i know where to find it again!

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    You need to be sure to thank Muv - She is a QB member!!!
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    Very useful. Thanks!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t186522.html
    I am adding this link so that you can see what do do in the worst case. When the sewing machine finish is not all it should be, Glenn's method works great. My husband tried this and we had excellent results in a very short time. Thank you Glenn.
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    how do I bookmark this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by conniety View Post
    how do I bookmark this thread?
    You don't have to book mark this, it is already at the top of the page for For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts.
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    What a great resource! I hope to pick up a machine this weekend that is in rough shape, and this info will be a big help. Thank you!

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    thanks good deal!

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    Thanks so much for bring ing this back up. I just bought a Vintage machine and it didn't have a manual with it. This helps a lot.
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    What's the best way to clean and shine the irons on a treadle sewing machine? Will I be sanding and painting or just cleaning?

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    It depends...is the paint/Japaning intact? If so, wash them down with a mild soap and then I use car wax on mine...

    If they're in rougher shape with lots of rust, you have to stop the rust before you do anything else. Evaporust is a favorite product of mine...Then do some painting...either touch up, or if necessary, take the irons apart and spray paint them.
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    Thanks Charlee. I think the paint is good, not rusty. The car wax sounds like a great idea. Barb

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    Glenn's new tutorial for cleaning up a machine! YAY!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t193635.html
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    The head of my machine cleaned up quite nicely. But I finally had a chance to sit down and try treadling again, and I have a very disconcerting *SQUEAK* from somewhere around the treadle mechanism. What kind of lubricant is best to use? Do I just lubricate all the moving parts?

    And the iron parts (cast iron? wrought iron?) aren't as nice-looking as I'd like - can I polish them? With what?

    Thanks for any & all ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by His_Grace View Post
    The head of my machine cleaned up quite nicely. But I finally had a chance to sit down and try treadling again, and I have a very disconcerting *SQUEAK* from somewhere around the treadle mechanism. What kind of lubricant is best to use? Do I just lubricate all the moving parts?

    And the iron parts (cast iron? wrought iron?) aren't as nice-looking as I'd like - can I polish them? With what?

    Thanks for any & all ideas!
    Use some Triflow grease
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    Any tips on resetting the timing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    Any tips on resetting the timing?
    Google search 'sewing machine timing instructions' then go into 'video' a bunch should come up. I do not know if http://www.tfsr.org/ has anything on timing or not - I've not looked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Use some Triflow grease
    I didn't have any Triflow grease, but I found some spray lube of DH's, and finally found it - the tiny steel (bearings?) in the end of the pitman rod, where it connects onto the flywheel. Thanks!

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    Re: cleaning up a vintage machine - the irons. I really don't want to use paint on them, but I would like to "freshen" them up a little bit.

    First, not sure I understand how to disassemble the cabinet & legs. I'm assuming there are screws on the pivot points to take the machine out. Does the cabinet then come off, or do you remove the legs from the cabinet?

    The legs & underneath the cabinet needs a good washing, but I don't want to get the veneer wet - the veneer underneath the cabinet has separated into layers - need to clean that & glue & clamp to get it back together?

    **Has anyone used "stove blacking", AKA Williams Stove Polish, to refresh the iron legs? The Williams people say it should work just fine, but I wondered if anyone else has actually tried it?

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    I have a 1924 singer can't wait to watch videos

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    Quote Originally Posted by His_Grace View Post
    Re: cleaning up a vintage machine - the irons. I really don't want to use paint on them, but I would like to "freshen" them up a little bit.

    First, not sure I understand how to disassemble the cabinet & legs. I'm assuming there are screws on the pivot points to take the machine out. Does the cabinet then come off, or do you remove the legs from the cabinet?

    The legs & underneath the cabinet needs a good washing, but I don't want to get the veneer wet - the veneer underneath the cabinet has separated into layers - need to clean that & glue & clamp to get it back together?

    **Has anyone used "stove blacking", AKA Williams Stove Polish, to refresh the iron legs? The Williams people say it should work just fine, but I wondered if anyone else has actually tried it?
    I uses some brand of Stove polish on my treadle base and I am happy with the results

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    The treadle table (single drawer with leaf) for my first restoration 15k80 is almost ready for a rebuild. Cast iron parts were painted in an awful brown paint. I took the decision to strip to bare metal and hammerite spray to a black satin finish. You could say it's not authentic but i'm of the opinion that it looks better in black. All wooden parts have been stripped of 1930s varnish, gently sanded and then given a liberal rubbing down with wax furniture polish before a final buffing with a soft cloth. Here are some pictures. Please let me know what you think.
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    Here are the remaining bits.
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    You've done a great job. Those pieces all look nice and clean! Please show a picture once everything is reassembled.

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