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Farmhousesewer 01-03-2016 02:36 PM

https://archive.org/details/TM10-3530-202-24

If no google, try this

DavidH 01-04-2016 11:34 AM

I couldn't get any of the links to work, but knowing the file names I was able to find those that refer to the 31-15. Think I'll take this to a different thread for discussing the mechanics of my 31-15. You will see me back here I'm sure as I clean up my 15-90. I've decided I will make it as good looking as I can.
Thanks
David hair

Glenn 01-04-2016 12:36 PM

Post pictures of the clean up. I would love to see the progress. I am sure it will turn out great.
Skip

DavidH 01-04-2016 01:20 PM

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Evening Glenn, So far all I have done to the 31-15 is loosen it up with PB Blaster. Then I soaked it in sewing machine oil and run it for a while. I used a 1.5 amp machine motor just to turn her over and get all the old gunky joints loose. After wiping all the excess oil off the machine the brush paint job don't look as bad. My cookie sheets are coming in very handy.
David Hair

Glenn 01-04-2016 01:52 PM

No it does not look to bad. Cookie sheets, PB blaster are wonderful things. I have a bunch of those hypo-needles I use also to squirt oil.

Farmhousesewer 01-06-2016 05:20 PM

David,
Sorry you were unable to use the links. I copied and pasted each link in a browser and they worked.

Spicermommy 01-11-2016 08:00 PM

Hello all. Longtime lurker, I'm most envious of the talent here! I was gifted a 1903 Singer 27 and she was so very neglected. It was either come home with me or go to the dump :(
She is totally seized up and I've been oiling and scrubbing. Oiling and scrubbing and I hope she's not just the world's biggest paperweight.
Any tips to get my lady up and working again?
I've purchased "almost" everything to restore her looks except the aniline dye.
Thanks in advance!

SteveH 01-12-2016 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by Spicermommy (Post 7431318)
Any tips to get my lady up and working again?
Thanks in advance!

I suggest starting here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...v-t167789.html

miriam 01-12-2016 08:57 AM

Clean
Oil
Time out
Patience
Oil
Time
Oil
Patience
Oil

SteveH 01-12-2016 12:01 PM

Miriam - I think you skipped the "practice swearing" step(or two)

Cari-in-Oly 01-12-2016 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 7431915)
Miriam - I think you skipped the "practice swearing" step(or two)

I think that's a given, lol.

Cari

miriam 01-12-2016 12:42 PM


Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 7431915)
Miriam - I think you skipped the "practice swearing" step(or two)

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That do it?

ArchaicArcane 01-12-2016 09:00 PM


Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 7431915)
Miriam - I think you skipped the "practice swearing" step(or two)

Wait, I was supposed to limit that to one or two steps? Maybe that's what happened. I sprinkled liberally throughout... like fairy dust. Rude fairy dust.

Cari-in-Oly 01-13-2016 12:11 AM


Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane (Post 7432356)
Wait, I was supposed to limit that to one or two steps? Maybe that's what happened. I sprinkled liberally throughout... like fairy dust. Rude fairy dust.

ROTFLMAO! I can't tell you how many times over the years I've heard one of my kids say "MOM!! That was RUDE!!"
I usually respond with "Yes but well deserved."

Cari

SteveH 01-13-2016 08:40 AM


Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly (Post 7432394)
ROTFLMAO! I can't tell you how many times over the years I've heard one of my kids say "MOM!! That was RUDE!!" I usually respond with "Yes but well deserved."

Cari

LOL, same here but my reply is usually "but was I wrong?"

ArchaicArcane 01-13-2016 12:20 PM


Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly (Post 7432394)
ROTFLMAO! I can't tell you how many times over the years I've heard one of my kids say "MOM!! That was RUDE!!"
I usually respond with "Yes but well deserved."

Cari

It always makes me smile when I get told that in that type of situation because it means I "done good" in instilling the values system but I have an opportunity to show where rules are made to be broken. Plus I love the look of "Did my MOM just say THAT?" ;)

Spicermommy 01-15-2016 12:40 PM

Thanks for the tips.
I'll have to find patience because I have the oil, brushes, and swearing parts in bulk!

miriam 01-15-2016 02:15 PM

NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
Some times I think swearing at the machine just makes it madder.

Spicermommy 01-16-2016 09:50 PM


Originally Posted by miriam (Post 7431746)
Clean
Oil
Time out
Patience
Oil
Time
Oil
Patience
Oil

I believe you're right. Onward I go!

Carol_G 01-18-2016 02:52 PM

I can't thank you enough for this post, Glenn. I got a one owner 1950 201-2 in cabinet with practically no wear. But when I started wiping all the dust and crud off, all this "stuff" started coming off like amber powder crystals. I had no idea what it was or what to do. Dish detergent soapy water took the gold off leaving silver. I freaked out and frantically started looking for information. My search led me here. And thanks to this post, now I know what to do to restore this lovely machine. I've started practicing on a 66 which is turning out really good even though it only had a few deep scratches, but I've run into a snaffoo...

There's some kind of melted rubber or tape, or something stuck to the side of the machine where the wires are. Kerosene isn't removing it, and I'm scared of using any kind of solvent. It kinda looks like someone had electrical tape there, or maybe a rubber band. Does anyone have any ideas of what to use? or what to do???

Thanks, Carol

Glenn 01-18-2016 03:23 PM

You will need to use bug and tar remover for cars. Use a small brush to coat the stuff with and do this often then use a soft plastic putty Knife and gently scrape it off. As it softens coach it off the finish.

Carol_G 01-18-2016 07:47 PM


Originally Posted by Glenn (Post 7437769)
You will need to use bug and tar remover for cars. Use a small brush to coat the stuff with and do this often then use a soft plastic putty Knife and gently scrape it off. As it softens coach it off the finish.

Thanks! I'll grab some tomorrow and get to work! I'm SEW excited to get Ms.Cotton all cleaned up! Wish I had "before" pics to post

Rainworx 02-12-2016 01:00 AM

Hi Glenn
I just purchased a Singer 306K and I love quality of this machine plus it's engineering and design! The upper body has some crazing and the shellac is mostly crackled and spotty on the neck & plate including what appears to be dried dust and oil coating all the parts on the underside but other than cosmetic appearance this machine is a beast - good for another few generations at least! I have a few questions and concerns about the cleaning and finishing of the shellac but I will post a few pics over the weekend and ask my questions then. Thank you for an awesome thread and your advise on these beautiful machines.

Rainworx 02-14-2016 10:16 PM

Here's some photo's of my 306K

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/gmc...ts/Singer_306K

miriam 02-15-2016 03:23 AM

Glenn can be found at victrian sweatshop forum or discussion

Rainworx 02-15-2016 09:41 AM

Ok, thanks. Will try there.
Does he not come to this forum any more?

Glenn 02-15-2016 10:44 AM

Go here http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/?forum=501752

Rainworx 02-15-2016 11:20 AM

Don't see any posts at Victorian Sweatshop from you Glen? Are you under another name there or?

miriam 02-15-2016 11:50 AM


Originally Posted by Rainworx (Post 7466454)
Don't see any posts at Victorian Sweatshop from you Glen? Are you under another name there or?

he is there as Skipper.
Sign in/register and you can pm or you can start a new thread

mrsgingerjane 03-16-2016 09:50 PM

What is the best recommendation for removing rust on the bed? Shall I post a pic? I'm new at this and need a shove in the right direction (it's a Singer 99)

Cari-in-Oly 03-17-2016 12:08 AM

You're likely to get a faster answer if you ask over at the Victorian Sweatshop forum, link is in a post above.

Cari

miriam 03-17-2016 02:03 AM

You'll need a picture, too. Is it rust or dried up powdered shellac?

mrsgingerjane 03-17-2016 01:11 PM

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Sure looks like rust to me. Reddish brown and the paint is falling of all around the edges. Hopefully you can see it in this pic. Lighting is an issue. Let me know if not and I will se what I can do.

CrystalC 03-22-2016 04:16 AM

I would adore seeing video of the french polishing method. I have a hard time following written instructions. Someday I hope you or another restoration guru will make videos of this work. :)

Uncle Zane 03-25-2016 02:15 PM

Glen,
Great job and wonderful directions.
I have a model 101 portable (circa May 22, 1922), a model 99 portable (circa Sept 23, 1930), a model 99-10 commercial (circa Jan. 29, 1931), model 15 console (circa Sept 5, 1935) and a model 221-1 featherweight (circa April 20, 1948).
These are just the older ones in my collection and I use them all the time and keep them in great working order. They are in fairly good cosmetic condition.
I would like to use your great suggestions to do some "touch ups" on all of them.
If alive, my grandmother, oldest aunt (Adele), Billy's mother (Betty), Mrs. Prodan and the unknown owner of the 101 would probably be very grateful.
I am grateful.
Good luck,
David Zane Fleisher

Glenn 03-25-2016 02:59 PM

Thank you David. I am now on mostly The VSS http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/?forum=501752 Please come an enjoy this group. We have a lot of knowledge on these old machines here.

bunnydonaldson 05-29-2016 06:22 PM

Thanks Glen, great details and instructions. Just picked up a White treadle and I'm anxious to get it cleaned up. Then I want to sew on it! Got to find a manual, I'm new at this. I have a 1943 Kenmore that I love but this treadle is a whole new ball game and I'm ready to play!

Christine57 05-30-2016 12:34 PM

Is there some how I could print off all this information? I have an old german machine to work on and would love to have a printoff of all this.

Glenn 05-30-2016 01:16 PM

I think if you right click you will be able to save or print.

jenn42 06-22-2016 08:04 AM

I just purchased a Singer 128 with the Crinkle/Blackside finish for $15. It resided in South Texas near the coast and it has rust showing through in places of the crinkle finish. What would be the best way to clean it up since it doesn't have the shellac finish? It mostly looks like surface rust and the rust isn't bubbly (thankfully). The slide plates and face plate are also black (not silver), would I put those in Evapo-Rust? I would like to restore her as all her parts move although the veneer is missing from both ends of the bentwood case. Thanks so much for any help!


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