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Thread: Oh dear!

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    Oh dear!

    We were looking at the machines at my father in law's house (he passed in October, MIL passed in 2012) and the Singer in the living room was manufactured in 1894 based on the serial number. I almost passed out!

    It's been well used, but still works and has very little rust. Still in original cabinet from what I can tell and there's a box of attachments that are super old. Just needs a belt and a good cleaning, possibly a timing adjustment. I was really salty that my cousin let my great grandmother's treadle machine rust on her back porch, but I'm glad to have another antique Singer in my care and keeping.

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    What a wonderful find! So glad you will have that wonderful machine.
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    So happy for you!!!!!!!! Wow that a find!

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    My goodness, what a find. I would love to see a picture or two.
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    It needs some serious work. A mouse stashed a bunch of dog food inside it so I have to clean that out entirely, and the finish is shot. Not rusty, just Gone and the machine is dirty. I saw Glenn's tutorial, and my mom is a whiz with old machines. She only has 12 or so of her own . She was also a mechanic and professional seamstress at different points in history, so if anyone can fix it she can.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 04-02-2019 at 02:14 PM. Reason: shouting/all caps

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    Can’t wait to see! Be sure to take before Ana’s after pictures.
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    Rarely do these old besaties need timing adjusted. Cleaning, oiling, certainly and maybe tracking down shuttles. Glad is in as good as shape as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoltandBobbin View Post
    ....Still in original cabinet from what I can tell and there's a box of attachments that are super old. Just needs a belt and a good cleaning, possibly a timing adjustment.
    Fantastic. Always nice to see these old machines put back into service.

    I agree with LeonF that it is highly unlikely that it will need a timing adjustment.

    I'm anxious to see pictures. I'd like to see the attachments, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
    Rarely do these old besaties need timing adjusted. Cleaning, oiling, certainly and maybe tracking down shuttles. Glad is in as good as shape as it is.
    I’ve only see a couple machines out of time when I got them.... usually you need to try everything else first.
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