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Thread: Janie Doe, the 15 Clone - make over

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    Janie Doe, the 15 Clone - make over

    There she was, on CL.
    Shouting COME AND GET ME! please...
    My kind of rescue.
    I sent an email to the lady named Jane.
    Got a reply -
    YES!!! Janie Doe the 15 clone is mine!!!
    I left immediately (I didn't want Jane to change her mind.)
    When I got there I found Janie Doe, the 15 Clone trapped in a sewing table.
    She was not able to lift her head at all without hitting the table top.
    Even her foot control was tightly screwed to the table.
    I think it gave her the blues.
    Janie Doe, the 15 Clone was homeless until Jane rescued her from a closet in the warehouse.
    Jane let Janie Doe, the 15 Clone sleep just outside her front door for many years
    but alas it was time for Jane and Janie Doe, the 15 Clone to part their ways.
    Jane and I gently moved Janie Doe, the 15 Clone out of her loft on a flat car,
    over a noisy metal bridge, down the elevator, down a ramp and into my car.
    Janie Doe, the 15 Clone did not complain - maybe she felt secure in her table?
    I took her on the first ride she had in a long time - poor thing couldn't even look out the window.
    There is no evidence that Janie Doe, the 15 Clone was car sick at all,
    but since she is so heavy I doubt if she will travel around very far.
    Janie arrived at my little shop.
    (I shortened her name - my fingers were tired... besides, Jane is out of the scene.)
    Poor Janie was stuck -very stuck- no access to her entrapment hinges at all.
    DH, my own super hero, immediately released her from her entrapment by unscrewing the top of the cabinet.
    Janie is in dire need of a clean up.
    She has fuzzy grime in her bobbin area,
    dried on oil in other places and a good amount of dust on her motor.
    Her wheels and gears don't want to turn.
    Janie is sort of plain in a 1969 sort of way.
    Janie's birthday may be February 18, 1969 -
    (it is stamped inside the entrapment table.)
    She came with no accessories at all.
    Her paint while dirty still has some of that old sparkle.
    Her cords are not too fragile and her foot control looks good.
    She will need a good clean up and a different place to park herself.
    Janie has a knob to drop her dogs and set her feet to dancin'
    Meanwhile Ms Franklin, the 15 Clone fits in the entrapment table nicely and is
    much happier than in the termite chewed frame she was trying to live in.
    Ms Franklin doesn't care, it's nice to have a firm foundation for once
    and makes her feel so much younger.
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    Oh dear, I can't get the pictures to go on here... Janie is a blue Japanese 15 sewing machine.
    Friday, Iris, Hannah and I worked on Janie. Janie had a little dried on oil and lots of grime. Nothing moved. Hannah lovingly cleaned up Janie's dirty body and polished her rusty chrome. Then she dotted dabs of Tri-flo on all of Janie's moving parts while I turned the balance wheel. It took a lot of dabbing and turning but all of a sudden Janie was free. We set her to sewing and she sews like a dream. I gifted Hannah with Janie for her birthday/graduation.
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html
    Her twin is pictured on #7. I guess the twin's pic will have to do.
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    One more try for a picture - oh never mind.
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    There's a limit on the file sizes accepted now.

    Your camera or software should have options for sending and storing your photos - chances are, you are taking pictures at the highest possible resolution, which is what you need to print your pictures, but too large for viewing on a computer screen.

    If you shrink your photo to "email" size, the bulletin board should accept it just fine.

    Or maybe you have photo editing software like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro - you can resize your digital photos and save a small version of your photos that are more suitable for email or bulletin boards.

    Or (if you have Windows 7, this might be the easiest way) you can find the file in Windows Explorer, right click on the file and click "Preview" A new window will open up with your photo previewed. Click on the Email button above it and you will get a drop-down menu - choose "Smaller 640 x 480" and click "Attach" The program will open a new email for you with the resized picture attached. Right click on the attachment and click "Save As" to save it somewhere on your hard drive.

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    Love your story! Hopefully after resizing your pictures and sending we will be able to see lovely Janie.

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    What a lovely story!! Sounds like a "happily ever after"!! Can't wait to see pics!

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    For miriam

    I'm posting the photos of the Jane Doe makeover for Miriam...if you have questions, she'll have to be the one to answer!
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    Some more of Miriam's machine.
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    GREAT photos!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm posting the photos of the Jane Doe makeover for Miriam...if you have questions, she'll have to be the one to answer!
    Those first are before shots. You can see she needs some clean up but she isn't terrible - but she was stuck up but good. I was holding her in my lap so we could move her around. Hannah was in charge of the Tri-flo - I had her put one or two drops on anything that she could see that moved. I just moved the machine around and tried to turn the wheel. After a bit of work it turned slightly. We kept dropping Tri-flo and all of a sudden Janie was free! Wow - she spins nice. We got her sewing. Iris & Hannah polished up chrome with some chrome cleaner and the stuff with the rust came off with Barkeeper's Friend. I'm not sure why there are so many pics of the bobbin area. I guess Iris was impressed. We took apart the bobbin area and used chrome cleaner - the 15 is an easy one to do - not all of them are that easy to take apart and you don't usually need to. This one needed the chrome cleaner - it was kind of rough. When we got that area cleaned we did the needle bar. It was rusty and cleaned up with the chrome cleaner. We oiled it good, cleaned the cover and put it back. Then we opened up the round thing the light goes on and oiled in there. That was when she started to really set free!!!!

    Photo's by Iris.
    Last edited by miriam; 11-20-2011 at 05:49 PM.
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    Very nice in her baby blue color! Chrome and blue just look nice and wintry together--perfect for fall!

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    The glamor shot and the test drive. I looked high and low for a FM foot - found it today.... photos by Hannah.
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    I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a pretty clone like this one!!
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    I have had one for years. It belonged to my neighbor lady. (I've always been a bit snobbish about sewing machines.) I just never used it until I was testing attachments. I got into the FM and fell in love. These are fantastic for that if nothing else. They are usually pretty inexpensive on CL or yard sales. They are simple to use. Parts are available. The motors are strong and fast. They clean up pretty easy. They are a little tricky to learn to thread. You have to make sure and follow the directions in the manual. What can you find anywhere that would make a better back up machine or a machine to learn on? When we were working on Janie, we put a hand crank and a finger guard on another 15 I've been working on. The hand crank was a blast - it turned so freely! The finger guard is very nice - I want one for any low shank I own. I don't like getting vaccinated with a sewing machine needle. Yeah, Charlee this is one to have. They come in many colors. Melinda is trying for one of each color I think.
    Last edited by miriam; 11-21-2011 at 01:29 AM.
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    Charlee here is a link for lots of different pics of the Japanese 15s from QB members - that way you know what to look for when you go to a garage sale. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html I'm amazed at how they can look alike and yet the have been customized in their own way. I get a kick out of how some of them look like 1960s cars.
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    Here is a CL ad I once wrote and got kicked off... I liked it... I don't have that machine anymore.

    Vintage late 1960's cream puff
    Original two tone dazzling
    grey and cream paint in mint shape
    Classic and functional piece of equipment
    Rich showcase passion condition
    One owner
    (Grandma's)
    Chrome & heavy metal!
    Well-engineered
    One foot petal
    All original accessories
    Custom cover in excellent condition
    This machine purrs like the well-crafted
    piece of machinery it is.
    It feels "quality:, if you know what I mean.
    This machine will definitely be in your "keeper" list.
    Would be great in a show just like it is
    They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
    Runs like a sewing machine...
    because it is one.
    Meet the Wizard!!!!
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    Nice Rescue, I never met a machine I couldn't love yet!
    pat design

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    Miriam what a great story. I love reading your posts!

    Great job on the cleanup. I want one that color and keep looking around here. But they are listed high on CL so hope to stumble upon one at a garage sale sometime.
    Lisa

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    They seem to sneak up on me and we keep letting them in the door. This one was free from Jane. My DIL loves her new clone.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    Miriam what a great story. I love reading your posts!

    Great job on the cleanup. I want one that color and keep looking around here. But they are listed high on CL so hope to stumble upon one at a garage sale sometime.
    There is one right now on the goodwill auction
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Oh my, Miriam. You have given me the "bug" or addiction whichever. She is so pretty. My DH keeps asking me "where will you put it?" I just answer "I can find a place".
    To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
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    Nice I am going to look for one of those machines.

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