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

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    Here are a couple of bits i forgot to post and then the (almost) completed item.
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    Here is a before and after comparison of my 66K lotus (1924):
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    Sorry about the different angle, but you get the picture (pun intended). I'm selling this one now and bumped the price up by $30 after the Muv treatment. Thanks Muv!
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Here is a before and after comparison of my 66K lotus (1924):
    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks Judy. She was my first 66 and cost $15 (was completely seized and missing the base plate).
    Replacement is a 1910 red eye version and with the Muv treatment (which it shall be named hereafter) will be equally as gorgeous. Will post pictures when she's cleaned up.
    Wasn't even the full treatment: Just a little metal polish and oiling.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    I bought a Singer 27 this afternoon and gave her the Muv treatment. Here's how she went from sadness to gladness.
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    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    I bought a Singer 27 this afternoon and gave her the Muv treatment. Here's how she went from sadness to gladness.
    It sure is shiny now. A lot of dirt got removed from that machine! Those Tiffany/Gingerbread decals are my favorite decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    A lot of dirt got removed from that machine!
    Thanks again Judy. When I first saw it I thought that the top part had been rubbed off completely. What a surprise when I rubbed in a little Singer oil and the decals and Japan appeared! Definitely no need for new ones, I'll just touch them up. I think they're just lovely, and the lotus is my other favourite.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitch1967 View Post
    Please let me know what you think.
    Absolutely LOVE the way the woodwork has come up. I would like to do the same to my 1896 treadle table. The finish has got this rather dark, almost mahogany tone to it - shiny and irregular. Oh well... one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manicmike View Post
    Thanks again Judy. When I first saw it I thought that the top part had been rubbed off completely. What a surprise when I rubbed in a little Singer oil and the decals and Japan appeared! Definitely no need for new ones, I'll just touch them up. I think they're just lovely, and the lotus is my other favourite.
    Hello Manicmike,

    I'm really pleased looking at your photos to see how well your machines have cleaned up. So much of the grime on machines turns out to be superficial, and decals don't have to be perfect. Often a slightly beaten up machine means that it has been used a lot, which in turn means it's a good runner. I think it is such a shame so many machines just aren't used because they are old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    I'm really pleased looking at your photos to see how well your machines have cleaned up.
    Thanks Muv, I wouldn't have thought of rubbing sewing machine oil on them to get rid of the dirt. It's very effective, and I bought some silver polish for the nickel plates yesterday. What a difference that makes, too. Thanks for your tips: You've enabled a lot of people to remove the grime veil.
    Mike
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    I'm cleaning an Adler 30-1 leather patcher which from the look of it hadn't been in decades - and those were decades in a shop. Naturally I went to my arsenal of automotive cleaners and chemicals.
    Nothing worked as well at cleaning up the finish than sewing machine oil.
    I'm amazed and greatly appreciate the tip!

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    Glad found this link. I have an old treadle and it is in need of work so this might help clean it up a tad. I also have a vintage White machine that is beautiful and would love to get it taken care of also and put them both on display here in the house. Thanks

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    I went step by step on my mom's FW according to these videos and it was amazing! These are really wonderful videos.
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    Few days back my sewing machine was jammed and I was not getting any idea as it isa old machine how to clean it .I checked you tube and got few links out of which I liked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidpJsAzc2A this video.This video was quite helpful for me .

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    Definitely have to save this thread for future use. No pun intended on the "thread" part.

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    Has anyone ever found replacement decals for machines other than Singer? I have a Free N. 5 head that could use a new decal on the bed. I know, I'm searching for something that probably doesn't exist. Any tips? Thanks.
    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit View Post
    Has anyone ever found replacement decals for machines other than Singer? I have a Free N. 5 head that could use a new decal on the bed. I know, I'm searching for something that probably doesn't exist. Any tips? Thanks.
    ~ Cindy
    If you have a good original of the artwork you can digitise it (scan or photograph it then import and trace with a vector drawing program) and print on waterslide inkjet paper.

    Sounds really simple, the hard bit is really the tracing. If you're good with a bezier pen (vector drawing tool), it's not hard at all. There are tutorials/instructions for recreating waterslide decals all over the web, but becoming good with a bezier pen takes days of practice (well, it took me days).

    Once you have the vector drawing, you can release it to the world, sell it (after all, you did the work) or just sell waterslide decals like others do.

    Make sure the decals aren't under any copyright, though. It's unlikely considering the age of the machines, but best to check: There are a lot of patent trolls out there looking for innocent people to rob, and the law usually allows them to.
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family (1886) 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 96k41 (1947) 103K (1950) 2 x 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959) 331K4 (1964) 451K145 (1960)
    Pfaff:360 (1959) Necchi Supernova Julia http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Thanks for that tip. I was kinda hoping that someone else has already done the hard part LOL. I've never used a Bezier pen, but I'm pretty artsy and can draw fairly well. I agree about the copyrights. However, I think those have long expired by now as this machine is about 100 years old.
    ~ Cindy

    Ahhhh! I know what a Bezier pen is now!!! It's the fountain pen tool in Photoshop! And yes, I do know how to use it. I don't play with it very often, but at least I have it to practice with. I think I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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    OK...more questions about decals. (Sorry, I don't know why I'm so chatty today. I've been all over this board this afternoon...please bear with me.)

    If you print a decal out on your computer printer, then you won't get that metallic paint that is on the original machine. I'm not sure I'd like that. I think it might be OK for a more recent make, s/a a Singer 500 series, where the decals are just plain brown. So, how else can you repair the lost decal details on machines that don't have replacement decals available? What about using gold leaf and a stencil? Gold metallic paint and a very steady hand? ~ Cindy

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    they actually make waterslide decals in metallic. Bother silver and gold. Yes, you can print colors on top of those as well.

    There are some folks making them and selling the on fleabay (I've bought three)

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    Well here's something to peruse, related to repairing decals. http://dragonpoodle.blogspot.com/201...de-decals.html Think she might be a QBer?
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    Great videos!!
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    great videos
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsewnsew View Post
    Well here's something to peruse, related to repairing decals. http://dragonpoodle.blogspot.com/201...de-decals.html Think she might be a QBer?
    If you read further into her blog, she's done another machine since then and it's even prettier than the first one.

    Cari

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    I will have to come back to these. Right now my grandmother's old treadle won't even move, but I'm hoping with some loving care she might actually go again. I know a super- oiling session did wonders for my Kenmore which hadn't been touched for a while.

    ~ Carla ~

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