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Thread: More Vintage Sewing Machine Tutorials Coming!!

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    Yep that is right I am going to do a few more for you guys to help you with your restorations. It might take a few days but I will cover a few different areas of the restoration.

    The first one I am going to do is "Electrolysis Cleaning" this will show you how to use simple things around your home to clean the plated parts that might be seriously rusted. And it is an environmentally safe method!!!

    The second one I am going to do is rewiring a machine start to finish. I will show what to look for and how to fix the problem and have a safe machine to use. Remember these machines are not grounded and you are the ground. So if it is not up to standards then the chances of a trip to the hospital if you that lucky will be in order.

    There will of course be more coming, I have been asked to do one for the internal geared machines (500A is one of them) and there will be more.

    Billy

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    Looking forward to this. Please knock knock on my pm when they go up. Thanks.

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    Your tuts are always very well done. I appreciate the time and effort you put into them. Thanks:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Your tuts are always very well done. I appreciate the time and effort you put into them. Thanks:)
    Thank you for saying that, I try my best to relay whats in my mind to the keyboard. It will take a bit for the electrolysis tute because of the time it takes to do the cleaning but there will be plenty of photos and I think you guys will love it. It makes life so much easier to clean the parts this way.

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    Wonderful.......I'm excited.

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    Billy,
    I have a 66-15 made in Aug. 1940. It was originally a treadle my father converted to electric. Wiring is shot, is it hard convert back to treadle?

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    thanks, this will be so interesting, i have a beautiful old machine that needs rewiring, will have to see if it is worth it. Someone cut the cord off

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Billy,
    I have a 66-15 made in Aug. 1940. It was originally a treadle my father converted to electric. Wiring is shot, is it hard convert back to treadle?
    Very easy to do, all you have to do is take everything electrical off of the machine and you sit it back into the treadle put a belt on and your back in business. Its really funny how everyone was trying to make the machines all modern and now we are trying to get them back to their roots!

    If you need any help just PM me and I can walk you through it.


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    Billy, you're the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D

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    I knew there was a reason I put off cleaning my machine! Thanks Billy. I am looking forward to the re-wiring tut also. I have 2 old machines that I am afraid to even try because I don't know about the wiring.

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    What would we do without you. Thanks for being such a wonderful source of info to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    What would we do without you. Thanks for being such a wonderful source of info to us.
    Patti I bet if you ask half of the hubbies around here they probably hate me and would punch me in the mouth for getting their wives involved in collecting machines. :lol:

    But on the flip side, the other half of the group is probably happy to have a hobby that they can share with their wife. That and it keeps them out of the fabric store a little more. :mrgreen:

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    Billy, my husband blames only ME for my recent old machine addiction hahahahahahahah :D:D

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    Well I would be posting the cleaning tute but it rained here and since it involves electricity I didnt want to do it in the rain. Tomorrow it will be nice so I will do it then. So until I get that done I think I am going to hang out with you guys and gell out.....

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    Billy! Thanks so much!!!! I want to be able to clean and work on the machines I have- all 10 of them. :)

    And now 2 sisters want me to look at theirs. It may be the start of a new business for me. I thought this was a dying art as the only guy I knew that did the repair I;m sure has passed away as he was quite ill several years ago when I last took a machine to him.

    Wish you were closer to sit beside you as you do this.

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    There is a little more technical stuff to servicing machines but this is the basics that you can do to service your own. And the nice thing about the early model machines is the fact that they rarely break!

    But when they do I have all of the manuals to rebuild them and do what ever major surgery it may need. But it is a pretty good business to get into, I have been doing it for the last 4 or 5 years. But unlike a lot of shops I offer repaint services and I have several quilt shops that I supply machines to and service their customers vintage machines. Hey it foots the bill to buy more machines and my quilting habit!! You will not get rich doing it.:lol:

    Billy

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    Billy,

    Thank you so much for being willing to share all of your knowledge with us. I really appreciate you and all of your help and your wife for sharing YOU with US!!

    Will be eagerly awaiting the new tutes. I just finished the cleaning on my redhead, she looks so much better. I have to order a couple of parts and she will be completely done. Then I can start on the cabinet. I keep re-reading the cleaning tutes and learn something more each time. Again. . . thanx!!

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    Oh Cool, I just purchased a beautiful New Home Treadle and can't wait to start the clean up. I will post pics later as I need some help finding the serial number.

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    You know I really need to do a tute on making a new Pitman arm. I have an 1870's New Home treadle that needs a new pitman arm so I could show how to go about making a new one for it.

    "How to restore a treadle"

    Billy

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    Billy, Thanks so much for the time and effort you put into this board and the shop. It is wonderful blessing we get to share your experience and knowledge.

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    Thanks so much for doing these tutorials.

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    Thanks Billy, You are the man!!!

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    Hey Billy, can you do a tute on what to do if you have a screw left over that doesn't fit the last hole which happens to be the bobbin winder? The leftover screw is to small for the hole. lol Guess I will have to tear it down again and start over. By the way, the machine runs and I only need to adjust the tension. :lol:

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    Grandmother 23,

    I feel your pain!! I ended up with an extra flat washer. . . so I definitely will do things different next time!! More photos. Photos of the right things and printouts of the photos, with important parts circled and color coded with marking pens!!!

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    Your tutes are great, Billy, and much appreciated. DH was very proud of me for following your tute and restoring my baby.

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