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Thread: Sometimes the sewing machine gods smile

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    Sometimes the sewing machine gods smile

    Look at what arrived at my house today.

    I bought it knowing the case didn't have a top but I guess I was naive to think the seller would put it in a box before he shipped it! Seeing the Canada Post warning "We regret that your mail item is damaged. It arrived in this condition in the mail stream." didn't make my heart sing with joy. Not to mention the black garbage bag outer packaging.

    Despite everything, I'm now the proud owner of a wonderfully filthy, rusty Frister Rossmann, high arm TS variant 4 or 5 with bronze lilies decals . The serial number puts it between 1907 and 1914. The decals are in amazingly pristine condition. The attachments were just tossed in but they didn't seem to cause any damage to themselves or the machine. The bobbin winder still had a filled bobbin stuck in it!

    The hand wheel turns and the feed dogs move but the screw to remove the throat plate is partially stripped and stuck fast, as are bobbin slide plates. They are soaking in sewing machine oil at the moment. Any advice/help with this would be appreciated. Evapo Rust is ordered (my local Canadian Tire no longer carries it) and will be delivered on Monday.

    I was so happy to get this machine and I hope to give it another lifetime to sew.
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    I have this machine and it is the best machine I have and I have 60 +. Easy to use and not particular about thread. I have a manual if you need a copy of it. German machines are really engineered well.
    Last edited by Glenn; 07-14-2017 at 01:20 PM.
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    Here is the pic of mine.Attachment 576517
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    That has to be the worst packing job I have ever seen - I wonder why the post office accepted it from the sender like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Here is the pic of mine.Attachment 576517
    I'd love a copy of the manual, Glenn, thanks. Unfortunately I can't access the photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    That has to be the worst packing job I have ever seen - I wonder why the post office accepted it from the sender like that?
    I was shocked, too, Kathy. I thought the garbage bag was a nice touch. It made it over here from England like that as well. Absolutely amazing!

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    I hope you will do a Before and After posting once You've cleaned it up. I think it will be a beauty.

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    Name:  Frister and Rossmann 003.jpg
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    Wow, that packaging was dreadful. Your heart must have sank to your toes when that came to you. I am amazed that it survived the trip. You are right, the trash bag was a nice touch:-)

    That looks like it will be a beauty after you get it all cleaned up. The decals look wonderful.

    Glenn - that is a beauty of a machine. Now something like these two might make me break my moratorium on any more machines! LOL
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    Glenn, that is an absolutely gorgeous machine.

    kch1983- I'm amazed that the machine survived, and it will be a beautiful machine once you have it cleaned up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
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    That is one beautiful machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
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    That is one beautiful machine! If mine looks half as sweet I'll be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge View Post
    I hope you will do a Before and After posting once You've cleaned it up. I think it will be a beauty.
    Will do, but I'm a novice when it comes to this. At least this sweetie won't end up as bookends, a lamp or in the trash heap.

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    I always thought they ended up as boat anchors.

    Glenn...you did a great job on that machine. Yes, we all want to see before and after pics.

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    It's going to be a gem once it's all cleaned up. Congratulations! I'm so glad you got it. As the person who previously owned it packages it in a trash bag, the poor thing was in need for a new loving home.
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    Glenn, your machine is absolutely gorgeous.

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    I'm wondering how anyone with a shred of self-respect could send anything packaged like that! Horrors! I hope you leave him a juicy review.

    But, it's a testament to the machine.-- clearly indestructible. Can't wait to see it after TLC.

    Glenn , yours is stellar! What a beauty. I've never heard of the brand, though.

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    Glenn your machine IS gorgeous. I hope kch1983 your machine sews beautifully. It too will be gorgeous once cleaned up. That is a very sorry packing job. I hope it is ok once it's cleaned up and 'tested'.

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    kch1983's machine will clean up very nice and sew great. I take mine to Toga to use for the projects we do and I even make civil war clothes with this machine. Put a few quilts together with it to. My go to machine. Thanks for the nice comments on the machine. It takes a 12X1 needle (Boye23) but there alternatives to these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    It takes a 12X1 needle (Boye23) but there alternatives to these.
    I'm going to need advice on this, too!

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    I will email you with the info you need on needles
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    I've been stripping the head and cleaning all but the metal parts. There are still parts that won't budge; the needle and slide plates. The hand wheel turns beautifully and the feed dogs move so that's a bonus!

    One overnight soak in PB Blaster has had no effect so I'm off to give it another good spray.

    Glenn has been kind enough to offer lots of help with my questions. Thanks, Glenn. You're a super star!!!
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    You are welcome. I am glad to help.
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    kch- so glad the machine made it to you in good condition! In spite of the poor packaging...

    Glenn- your machine is a real beauty!!
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    Wow, kch! You are making progress!! It's looking so much better already.
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