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psdumas 09-26-2017 08:29 PM

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Got the courage and did it. Took off the ruined clear coat on my Featherweight as you suggested.. Used 0000 steel wool to smooth. But, instead of shellac, which I had a hard time with, I used Rustoleum Clear Glossy Enamel spray. Worked like a charm as I held my breath (after removing the shellac twice, I think I need some fresh air). Nice and glossy little featherweight. I'm amazed it came out so well. For sure, I thought I would muck it up. :-) Thanks, Glenn! Before and after pics below.[ATTACH=CONFIG]581295[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]581296[/ATTACH]

Glenn 09-27-2017 04:48 AM

Your welcome. Looks very nice.

psdumas 09-27-2017 05:01 PM

thank you Glenn! Its not perfect ..was a big pain.. but, it's basically smooth. Not spanking new looking, but, edgy.. ya know? Like it's lived a good life. :-) Thanks! Pat

HelenAnn 09-28-2017 02:12 AM

Glen is the best resource I have used on this forum.

Cinde 10-01-2017 02:49 PM

Damascus Rotary Treadle
I am a new owner and hope to be user to a Damascus Rotary Treadle Sewing machine. It is in perfect condition however, it has not been used in over 40+ years and will need some minor cleaning and oiling to get her back to sewing condition. I'm ready for that process, but cannot locate any information or manual for this model. The date of this beauty is 1901, and everything I find is for the Damascus Vibrating model, which is not all that helpful.

With all that said, do you have any suggestions as to anyone or some link that can direct me in finding a manual?

Thank you for your assistance. By the way... I have printed your instructions to restore this timeless machine. Thank you!

Glenn 10-01-2017 03:41 PM

Mongomery Wards sold the Damascus. You can find a manual here. www.clawges.com/sewing/damascus_manual/index.html
sorry this is for the vbs I will try again I found a manual at two sites but they cost $10-$20. I would go to VSS or treadleon and ask there.

Sullivan Stitches 12-28-2017 12:33 PM

Wow! This is great; thanks so much for sharing. I like your coffee mug, by the way.

marilyn y 03-15-2018 10:02 AM

Is there another product similar to Plast Buster? Is it a tar and bug remover for cars? Iím unable to find it. TIA.


OurWorkbench 03-15-2018 11:55 AM

You should be able to find it in most auto supply places. https://www.autozone.com/greases-and...ant/930044_0_0 I think there were some typos, but pretty sure this is what is needed. There are several other things with that blaster wording on them, but you want the 'original' penetrating.

Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.

SteveH 03-15-2018 12:49 PM

PB Blaster is the one I use

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