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Thread: Meet 'Charlee', a 1920 Singer 66-1 (Pic heavy)

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    Meet 'Charlee', a 1920 Singer 66-1 (Pic heavy)

    Hello all,
    I'm fairly new to the QB but have joined two swaps already-Monthy Quilt Block and Quilt for Quilters swap. I would like to comment on one thing that stands out to me -folks are very friendly and willing to help out the new-comers, either that, you all have a blast watching us 'new kids' with our learning curves <bg>.

    Dh and I love to haunt the local antique malls for a hobby. Last week we spied two machines that piqued my interest and I knew just where to go for information. Having been a visitor to the Vintage Machines forum, I knew who I wanted to turn to for guidance, someone knowledgable and fun. So I shot off an e-mail to Charlee asking if she would help me regarding evaluating the machines and reliable resources that I could learn from - and she did. Fast forward.

    I made the decision to go for the 66-1. It called to me. DH goes to pick her up and I wait at home for what seems an eternity. When eventually he turns the corner to come up the drive I spy not one, but TWO machines in the bed of the p-up! Nope, you'll have to wait to find out what the other one is :-)

    Since last Wednesday I have been steadily working on bringing back some of her luster. I lovingly tease her cabinet falls under 'Section 8' housing, but really, it's not too bad. Don't get me wrong, it's not great and dh is going to give it a go with some glue and clamps. She wasn't horribly dirty or gunked up -Thanks Muv! Your tut on You Tube was a huge confidence booster!. We need to get a belt and bobbin ring, other than that, she's good to go. I'm giddy with excitement to hear her purr. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of working her over.

    Meet the First Lady of my vintage machines, 'Charlee', in thanks to all of QB's Charlee unselfish guidance and support.
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    WOW!! You did an AWESOME job washing her face!! I'm honored, thank you!
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    Charlee is transformed!!!!! I love the bit about her living in section 8 housing - I about snorted my tea and fell off the chair - love the name. I'm glad you found Muv's videos (BTW - she has a new one - I just posted it on the recipe section a little bit ago.)
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    What a beauty! (There aren't any whistling smileys). She shines so well you'd think she was new. It's addictive to transform them--just be warned.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    WOW!!! Charlee is beautiful!!! What a wonderful looking machine!!!

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    Fantastic! Charlee looks beautiful! I think bringing one of these old machines to life is a blast!! I have one that will be set in her newly refinished house tomorrow and I'll post a picture. You did a great job!
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    What a great story (I agree, Charlee, the board member, is a gem) and a very pretty machine. I hope you enjoy her for many years.

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    Wowsers! She is a beauty!

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    Just beautiful - Red Eyes are just stunning when they are brought back to life - great job!

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    wow..a red eye..so pretty....but do tell me that she is NOT going to a permanent plant stand....if you need the leather let me know, I am going to place an order with Brewer sewing by Friday!

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    Wow! She sure is pretty! Neat to see how well these machines clean up. I would have been intimidated, but your pictures encourage me (as does this forum!). Can't wait to hear about your second machine.

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    She's is beautiful. Mine is not going to look that good, but I like her anyway. Good choice.

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    wow shes pretty

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    She is beautiful. I think at one time she was taken care of very well. Great find.
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    Beautiful machine!! You did a great job cleaning her up, and you're right...when you get her going you will just LOVE the sound of treadling. It's like magic!! :-)

    You might take that heavy plant off of the leaf on the left...that old wood could start to sag under the weight. Just sayin'!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    wow..a red eye..so pretty....but do tell me that she is NOT going to a permanent plant stand....if you need the leather let me know, I am going to place an order with Brewer sewing by Friday!
    :-) jaciqltzok,
    Naw, wouldn't that be the cardinal sin of owning a old gal like her, not putting her to use? Trust me, dahliing, once she has her belt and bobbin ring, she'll be earning her keep.

    Thanks for the kind offer about going in with you on the order but we have a friend who has worked on machines just about his entire life. He has quite an inventory and has offered to give me the parts.


    I'll be waiting to see how your girls come along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    You might take that heavy plant off .... Just sayin'!! :-)
    Hi jljack,
    Thanks for the compliments on Charlee. And thanks for the comment on the plant sitting on the leaf, you're right, were it heavy or with any weight at all, over time it might pose a structural issue. But, in this case, it only appears heavy and more importantly, once Charlee gets her 'necessaries', she won't be hosting plant sit ins. <bg> I have way too many hours in her to ruin her. And, if I don't stop drooling all over her I'm going to have to give her another coat of polish. :-)

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    You did a lovely job. If she sews half as beautifully as she looks, you're set for the next 100 years!

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    Great restoration. We don't get Red Eye decals in the UK and they are so gorgeous. I'm drooling as well.

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    I have 2 well merit badged redeye machines. I think they are work horses. Not a bad thing now is it? I simply cleaned the lint off, oiled, cleaned off the worst of the dirt and muck with a bit of oil and they are sewing just fine. What do you know they could go another 60 or 100 years. A gentle clean up is all that was needed.
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    ....so, when do we get to "meet" the other lady your hubby brought home?

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    Beautiful!

    A Red Eye is still on my wish list!
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    That is one gorgeous red-eye. Just eye-popping beautiful. I am green!
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    Beautiful! You did a wonderful job making her shine like a new penny. How fun! Enjoy...
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    I just love going back and looking at your red eye!!! It is just beautiful!! I'd love to have one, but did they come in portable electric machines? That's what I'd need.

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