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Thread: Introdocing Rizzo, my latest fixer upper

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    Introdocing Rizzo, my latest fixer upper

    She wasn't really a bad girl...just a little rough around the edges. I couldn't resist all that chrome, and she was less than $10. No power cord, but then we all have our problems.

    It wasn't until I opened her up and saw all the black stuff--not grease, looked and felt like splattered melted plastic--that I asked her what she'd been up to.

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    And so she got all scrubbed up with new clothes. Runs like a charm! I'm going to make a jean circle quilt for a baby boy on her since she's got zigzag. I was fixing her up to sell, but Rizzo may be sticking around a bit. Girl's got a bit of a wild side to her, as you can tell.

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    I like her wild side. Cleaned up nice. Those Japanese machines are nice. Cheap. Last almost forever. Can be repaired. Go Green!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Hmm...green. I was going to say I don't have a machine that color and to quit giving me subliminal ideas, but the Elna is still wanting her turn on the work table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    Hmm...green. I was going to say I don't have a machine that color and to quit giving me subliminal ideas, but the Elna is still wanting her turn on the work table.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...n-t133897.html in case you missed the rant...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Lucky find. Enjoy.

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    NICE! I like the way you cleaned up Rizzo's box and lid. Clever! Have you tried to treadle her machine? I would, if it can be done.

    I say keep Rizzo!!

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    Oh, Oh, I'm going to get my Mama's Universal. She's in a cabinet with drawers stuffed full. Cabinet is a desk style and I don't think she's very old...maybe not quite vintage yet. She's been sitting since my Mama passed over 10 years ago so just don't know what shape she's in but I know she'll be glad to be out in the open and used.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy your Rizzo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I remember reading that and enjoying bits about re-making clothing. Reminded me of the 1st nice full length wool coat I ever bought myself. Found it at a garage sale, beautiful navy blue, classic, perfect length for my 5 feet nuthin' self. The only reason they were selling it was the sleeve seam was ripped. Easy fix and I had my 1st "grown-up" coat in college.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    NICE! I like the way you cleaned up Rizzo's box and lid. Clever! Have you tried to treadle her machine? I would, if it can be done.

    I say keep Rizzo!!
    I think the case took more work than the machine. The hardest part was getting the paper off the inside. I used my little portable clothes steamer and a scraper--just like taking off wallpaper. I also had to replace the 2 side pieces of her base. I couldn't get the old latches off without tearing them up, and they were just held in with rusty staples. I was also just going to put black felt on the bottom, but they were out of black and white when I went to the store. They had some thin craft foam that works really well (can't slide it around at all!), but no plain black or white. On a whim I got the zebra print. I think it suits her, the wild child.

    I haven't measured to see if she'd fit my Singer treadle base...yet.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    I think she's very pretty. I like the zebra print to give her the wild side.
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    Love how you cleaned Rizzo up. So glad to see she will be used and loved. Nice machine. Good work.

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    You did a great job on her. That is a really good idea to put craft foam on the bottom. Sometimes those heavy portables can really vibrate.

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    Nice find. You did a great job cleaning her up. She sure looks purty. And the zebra print seams to suit her. enjoy.
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    I have seen the black stuff before, it is most likely bits of rubber from the belt which is beginning to degrade of was too tight. Did you repaint the case or what?
    pat design

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    I like what you did with Rizzo. Great find and job on cleaning her up. I have seen the black stuff before also and agree with Pat that it is probably from the belt. Enjoy her.
    Lisa

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    Bennett, could you elaborate on how you cleaned this machine? What drastic measures did you have to go to on it?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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