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Thread: My 1902 Hand Crank

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    My 1902 Hand Crank

    Here is the photos of the Singer 1902 Hand Crank that I have been working on. Sure wish she had been finished before the power outage. After a lot of Triflow everything moves smoothly. She has over a hundred years of built up oil varnish that I am slowly removing. Maybe that is what preserved her, the oil and all the dirt and cobwebs. The has a coffin top that needs refurbishing also. It is in three pieces but I love her anyway.

    I do need a presser foot for her, hers is bent, can't figure out how that happened. Also I need a bobbin winder ring. Any suggestions where I can get those items? How do you remove the back cover plate and the round bobbin plate's screw is frozen, it won't turn? I don't want to do anything that will damage those pieces.

    The cover plates over the shuttle are very rough. Is it possible to have them replated? I do have reproductions but I sure would like to restore the originals.
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    aint she sweet! thanks for showing her to us!

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    if you can pix of her missing parts look like I can see if I might have them in my boxes of parts!

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    You are making progress on the sweet lady! I enjoy cleaning these machines up and seeing how they sparkle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    if you can pix of her missing parts look like I can see if I might have them in my boxes of parts!
    Thanks Jacquie. I am running to get my camera right now. The parts are not missing, just in bad shape, especially the presser foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    if you can pix of her missing parts look like I can see if I might have them in my boxes of parts!


    The first two pictures should be of the presser foot that appears, to me, to be bent. The third is of the bobbin plates that are really in rough shape. I just discovered that the repro plates I have are for a Model 27 and do not fit, they are longer. According to the ISMACS site, the machine is a Model 28. I guess that is another reason to have too many machines (not!) you never know when you will need parts.

    Thanks Jacquie
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    Caroline, yes. You can have the parts re-plated. You're doing an awesome job with this machine!! Wonder how the presser foot got bent? Seems strange! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Caroline, yes. You can have the parts re-plated. You're doing an awesome job with this machine!! Wonder how the presser foot got bent? Seems strange! LOL
    Yes, I agree, very strange but definitely bent. Good to know the plates can be replated. That I do want to do.
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    have you tried navel jelly on the plates? as for the foot, I will take a look at the ones I have out there..BUT, a handy man can reshape that foot with an anvil and hammer!

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    I'm thinking someone tried to pry a lid off a container? Or used the foot to pry some other part off the machine? You never know. Glad you are undertaking the R&R (rescue and revival). Hope all goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    have you tried navel jelly on the plates? as for the foot, I will take a look at the ones I have out there..BUT, a handy man can reshape that foot with an anvil and hammer!
    Oh, I am a handy woman and I do have an anvil and hammer. Go figure, I did not even think about using muscle power. Going to try it and see if it works. Thanks Jacquie.
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    Awesome! Don't you love the 'clickety click' sound it makes when you turn the crank?

    I'm posting a few pics to show you how wonderful Maas metal polish works in cleaning up the yellowish coloring on the fancy parts.

    My New Home sewing machine has a needle plate like yours....rough and dull.... and the Maas did not work for that but I've heard good things about Bartender's Friend. I'll let you know how I make out with that. It's good to know that they can be re-plated, even though I wouldn't know how to go about doing that. Anybody know??
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    You can get a bobbin winder tire here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-SINGER-BOB...#ht_2014wt_781
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    Thanks Cathy. I do have both Maas and Bartenders Friend in my cleaning kit. Will try them tonight. And I will check out the link you provided for the bobbin winder tire.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Aw, she's lovely. And the face plate, ooooh. Enjoy her.
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    where might one find that MAAS polish..I have never seen that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    where might one find that MAAS polish..I have never seen that!
    I bought mine from Amazon. It doesn't even smell bad...has sort of a pleasant odor to it.

    I found out about it from this blog:

    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/search/label/polish

    He has some interesting articles and helpful info on his blog.
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    thanks...I will check Amazon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid View Post
    I bought mine from Amazon. It doesn't even smell bad...has sort of a pleasant odor to it.

    I found out about it from this blog:

    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/search/label/polish

    He has some interesting articles and helpful info on his blog.
    His blog is more than interesting, it is awesome. I learned about screwdrivers and how important it is to have the right kind for working on our vintage machines. There is so much information that I will be going back for more.

    Thanks again Cathy
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    Well I am taking the big plunge of a full dismantle and cleaning. I decided that the Hand Crank needs the "Billy Treatment". She has 110 years of accumulated gunk top and bottom. I got really brave and removed the bobbin winder and it is now soaking in kerosene ala Billy along with the bobbin plates and face plate. I was able to finally remove the round bobbin plate after liberally dripping kerosene around the screw. The back plate I removed by covering the end of a large screwdriver with a rag and tapping it on the edge with my leather mallet. The pictures will show you why this girl needs a Billy bath. FYI I decided that I am going to give her the name of Hannah Handcrank.
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    wow...I am hoping to do this to a couple of mine this summer...

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    That foot can be fixed by a good blacksmith or someone used to working with metal - I would not hit that cold with a hammer on an anvil it could shatter - then they can tell you how to get it smooth enough to use - some old feet aren't chromed

    all that chrome metal should polish up with Barkeepers Friend
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    Cute, cute machine. I have to second the Barkeeper's friend, that and a small brush (like a stiff toothbrush) to get in all the nooks and crannies. You will be amazed at the difference a shiny bobbin winder and plates make.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    ALL of the varnish does not HAVE to come off - that old dried up oil varnish is a protective coat - keeps it from rusting - just clean the MOVING nooks and crannies and get lint and dust out - There are some small brushes in the tooth brush section of the stores or an eye lash brush will really get in the cracks - taking the bobbin winder off is a good way to clean without damaging the machine's paint. Not everything needs to be dis-assembled or perfectly clean though - Triflow oil is really helpful to get things moving...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    That is one of the prettiest faceplates I have ever seen, and never saw this particular one before. Great job you are doing. I don't think too many people would tackle one in that bad a shape. 'Course, Charlee would too.
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