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    Removing draws from cabinet 42

    Hello everyone,

    I have been lurking for a long while and have learned so much from all of you. I have been without a sewing machine for the past 3 years. I recently bought a 201-2 from Craig's list in near to perfect condition. This machine has been well loved and was taken care of. It is in a cabinet 42.

    The cabinet was in a basement that was flooded. The bottom
    2 or 3 inches has visible water damage and veneer is seperating from wood. I will at some point restore the desk but for now I just need a sewing machine so I can sew. I am trying to take out the draws to vacuum and wipe down the inside but can't easily get them out. I am afraid of damaging something. How do I get the draws out once I open them all the way?

    I am waiting on an order from sew-classic so I can start rewiring it. All this is because of all you wonderful people that share their knowledge and expertise. I never would have attempted this project or bought the sewing machine. I am forever grateful in Boston.
    Maria

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    I had this same question to the QB back when I got my 15-91 (cabinet #41) and there were old patterns stuffed behind the drawers. So, if you pull the drawer out as far as you can andlook at the inside bottom of each drawer, you will see a small hole. Take something that will fit in the hole (awl or the like) and while pressing downward, pull the drawer out. There is a clip or something like that which inhibits the drawer from coming all the way out and by pressing downward, you will be pressing the clip down so it is not holding the drawer anymore. Someone here on the QB really helped me out with this so I am passing it along to you.

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    Thank you,
    I am going to go try it right now
    Maria

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    Found it thank you. Now I hope I can get it out.
    Maria
    Last edited by vintagelady; 09-07-2014 at 02:23 PM.

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    Glad you found the holes. You may have to push the drawer back in just ever so slightly to be able to press down through the hole. It did take me a try or two but once I found the "technique" for working it, I was able to get them all out rather quickly and easily. Let us know how you make out. (I think my cabinet might be a 40 not a 41 as I mentioned but they all seem to work the same.)

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    I don't think I've welcomed you to the board yet so Welcome! That cabinet is a nice one and well worth the effort to get it somewhere dry and restore it. It's one of the nicest art deco sewing machine cabinets you're likely to find and with a 201 in it, it's a top of the line sewing combination all the way around.
    Please post some pictures and please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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    KLO, A huge thank you. I have gotten 2 of them off. I am taking a coffee break right now.

    Rodney, thank you for the welcome. I will try and post pictures tomorrow. I took a few pictures the other day from my tablet. I am new to Android and hate usung my finger for a mouse. I did take some pics with my camera and soon as I replace my laptop I will post them. Hopefully this week.

    I need to thank everyone in the vintage community for my find. It is through reading here that I knew I wanted a 201-2. I have read quite a bit and have learned so much just from lurking. In my eyes I think I hit the lottery.
    Maria

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    Here are some pics of my 201-2 I took with my tablet. The machine itself did not have to be cleaned. The owner plugged it in and ran it. I could not believe how quiet it was.Name:  201-2c.jpg
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    Very nice!
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    Yours is blonde. I knew they came in other veneers, but this is the first blonde one I have seen. Mine is mahogany and it had some delamination of the back piece from the same water damage. People kept them in their basements I guess. I was able to find veneer on a paper tape 3" wide and with a straight edge, could cut out the damaged veneer and replace it with the new. A simple touch-up with stain and it was good. Looks fine considering how it was before. The desk aspect was intriguing with the inkwell and pen rest in the top drawer. Multi-tasker of its era I suppose..
    Donna

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    Rodney, Thank you.

    Donna, I am laughing at what you did because that is exactly what I am planning on doing. I would love to see some pics. I need to get her rewired before I even think about doing the veneer.

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    Very nice, that machine's a stunner. The pinking shears in the original package is cool too. I got two pairs last month in different packaging with some sewing stuff from Goodwill, but still vintage Wiss that are essentially brand new.

    Cari

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    Great machine and good luck with the refinishing project when you get to it!

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    Welcome from NJ. Very nice machine and cabinet as well. I'm envious. Wish I had more room for all the various machines I want!

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    Good to see those drawers out. As I mentioned, mine was stuffed with some old sewing patterns so I was glad someone on the QB was able to help me get them out. Your cabinet looks pretty much like mine except for the color/wood so maybe mine is a #42 also. I am so glad to hear that you will soon be able to sew again. And what a great machine to do that with ..... sturdy, simple, easy to clean and oil, etc. You will be churning out quilts (or whatever else you like to sew) in no time. Oh and I also forgot to welcome you to the QB. Stay with us and learn. I know I have. There are some real informative and machine smart people here who are always willing to share their knowledge .... as you (and I) have found out.
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    KLO, Thank you!

    I am not going anywhere. Like I said, I feel like I hit the lottery. It is so nice being able to chat with people with the same interests. I do not have one single friend that sews or does any kind of crafting. I have trouble wrapping my mind around that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagelady View Post
    KLO, Thank you!

    I am not going anywhere. Like I said, I feel like I hit the lottery. It is so nice being able to chat with people with the same interests. I do not have one single friend that sews or does any kind of crafting. I have trouble wrapping my mind around that.
    You and I are practically in the same boat. My BFF sews and embroiders like me but we seldom can work out our schedules to do it together and she thinks I'm nuts because of all my machines. When I found this forum I was one happy camper.

    Cari

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    Congratulations on your beautiful new machine, and cabinet, too. Here is a photo of mine that I just got a few months ago. My Cabinet #42, before and after.
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    Beautiful! Nice work on the cabinet.

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    Sheri, You did a wonderful job refinishing the desk. It looks beautiful. Hope I can get mine to look as nice. I will not refinish it until the spring. I want to to get another machine or two or three. I am too anxious to get going on learning to quilt to take the time to refinish right now.

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    I agree with starting quilting first. Everything else takes place after the priorities. ;-)
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    a warm welcome from western KY, so glad you got help on getting your drawers out, machine looks great.
    dare to dream

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    Sheri, only a sewer/quilter would understand these priorities.
    Leaha, thank you for the welcome. Very, very grateful for this board and all the members.

    OK, I just received my order from sew_classic. I am going to start the rewiring process.
    Please wish me luck. I want/need to get sewing so badly I am afraid I am going to mess something up.
    Thank you all.
    Maria

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    Just take it one step at a time and you'll do fine. The only time I mess things up is when I get excited or impatient and get ahead of myself.

    Cari

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    Great job - mine looks ALMOST that good and I love the drawers.

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