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    Nice to see u back, Kwendt.

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    I'm obviously computer challenged, but can someone explain how to add a new topic directly to the VSMS board? I've tried to post, but they always end up in one of the established categories; Main, Pictures etc. I must be missing something. Thanks - Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    I tried that also.
    Try some Dawn dishwashing liquid. Dampen a soft cloth and squeeze a bit of Dawn into the cloth. Squish it around until you get a "foamy" lather and rub that over the machine. Dawn(several tries) usually gets grime and doesn't hurt the decals.

    Texas Jan

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    I'm obviously computer challenged, but can someone explain how to add a new topic directly to the VSMS board? I've tried to post, but they always end up in one of the established categories; Main, Pictures etc. I must be missing something. Thanks - Steve
    Your topic can be added to the VSMS listing - this is a virtual list, and all the threads in it are really in other categories. It is just tagged to be in this virtual category. I think you can do the adding to VSMS on your own - look near the top left of the thread when you post. It should have a notation about adding to another - virtual - list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllis nm
    I tried that also.
    Try some Dawn dishwashing liquid. Dampen a soft cloth and squeeze a bit of Dawn into the cloth. Squish it around until you get a "foamy" lather and rub that over the machine. Dawn(several tries) usually gets grime and doesn't hurt the decals.

    Texas Jan

    Ohhhhhh I like this idea....

    and thankfully someone decoded the CHSS... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomin'Iris
    Yes, I have done a lot of piecing with my Free #5 pictured here on page 627. Trish has one on page 780, 111, and 816. Nana on page 774, Monica (Vintagemotif) on page 782, Kitzone on page 816, Lauren has one, Playswithcolor has one, Debbie, Rajean on page 1236, and Buslady on page 1209. These are the ones I noted. The Free #5 is a very easy machine to treadle and sew with. The Free Sewing Machine Co. was in business from 1910 to about 1958, although, some report that the company had started even earlier. The Free #5 takes normal 15X1 needles so it is an easy machine to use/own.
    Nancy

    Oh Nancy, I'm so excited. I have the twin to your machine pictured on 627, just picked her up last weekend. She's not quite as shinny & the cabinet is a bit dusty, she's standing in line for her turn for a clean up. Seems we've got more machines to tend to then we've got the time to do them. That's okay, have a feeling they will be well worth the wait.
    :-)
    Iris, have you had a chance to clean up your Free #5? I'd love to see a picture of the machine and cabinet!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Try some Dawn dishwashing liquid. Dampen a soft cloth and squeeze a bit of Dawn into the cloth. Squish it around until you get a "foamy" lather and rub that over the machine. Dawn(several tries) usually gets grime and doesn't hurt the decals.
    Jan, great idea. Never thought to try Dawn.... and I use Dawn to get grease off my car parts. I'll add that little hint to the 'pile' of cleaning/refurbishing hints I'm collecting...

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    Hey all my best VSMS buddies....

    Now that I'm finally recovering from what turned out to be Pnuemonia, and can sort of think straight, for hours at a time <smile!>; I can jump back into the fray here.

    I have an old tensioner question. I have an ancient, 1912 Singer 115/15 treadle head that I've cleaned up and put back together. My first treadle is almost ready to test drive!!! Whoo hoo! But I'm not sure if I have to replace the two tensioner disks or not.

    This is the extremely basic, extremely plain tensioner. Has two disks, a washer thing, a spiral spring, a divided post and a thumb nut (and a funky wire/spring thingy for a thread guide/back tensioner that I cannot tell if it's bent out of shape or not.) That's it.

    The two plated tension disks where the thread passes between are worn. They are discolored, but not rusted, pitted, burred or lined... just discolored on the highest part of the bevel curve of each disk. About the size of a lifesaver, 1/3" or so. Is this sort of thing indicative of 'worn out-needing to be replaced'? or is this just cosmetic, and it'll be fine?

    (I have no other tensioner that's even CLOSE in age, wear or style. Can't compare. Pictures didn't come out.)
    Help? Opinions? Jokes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    and thankfully someone decoded the CHSS... :)
    LOL... I about split a side laughing when I read Tommie's comment. Took me a good 60 seconds to figure it out too. ROTF! Oh rats, I just remembered I have a quilt binding to handsew later today.... grrrrr. <smile>

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndnchf
    I'm obviously computer challenged, but can someone explain how to add a new topic directly to the VSMS board? I've tried to post, but they always end up in one of the established categories; Main, Pictures etc. I must be missing something. Thanks - Steve
    Steve, go ahead and post...one of the mods or managers has to move your post to the Vintage section... :) You can post a link to your topic here where it's most likely to be seen and moved. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Hey all my best VSMS buddies....

    Now that I'm finally recovering from what turned out to be Pnuemonia, and can sort of think straight, for hours at a time <smile!>; I can jump back into the fray here.

    I have an old tensioner question. I have an ancient, 1912 Singer 115/15 treadle head that I've cleaned up and put back together. My first treadle is almost ready to test drive!!! Whoo hoo! But I'm not sure if I have to replace the two tensioner disks or not.

    This is the extremely basic, extremely plain tensioner. Has two disks, a washer thing, a spiral spring, a divided post and a thumb nut (and a funky wire/spring thingy for a thread guide/back tensioner that I cannot tell if it's bent out of shape or not.) That's it.

    The two plated tension disks where the thread passes between are worn. They are discolored, but not rusted, pitted, burred or lined... just discolored on the highest part of the bevel curve of each disk. About the size of a lifesaver, 1/3" or so. Is this sort of thing indicative of 'worn out-needing to be replaced'? or is this just cosmetic, and it'll be fine?

    (I have no other tensioner that's even CLOSE in age, wear or style. Can't compare. Pictures didn't come out.)
    Help? Opinions? Jokes?
    You should be fine with them as long as they aren't worn through and aren't catching/cutting your thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by justtrish
    and thankfully someone decoded the CHSS... :)
    LOL... I about split a side laughing when I read Tommie's comment. Took me a good 60 seconds to figure it out too. ROTF! Oh rats, I just remembered I have a quilt binding to handsew later today.... grrrrr. <smile>
    Glad to know there might be others out there with CHSS. :D

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    Thank you Quilt Mom and Charlee. I'll try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Hey all my best VSMS buddies....

    Now that I'm finally recovering from what turned out to be Pnuemonia, and can sort of think straight, for hours at a time <smile!>; I can jump back into the fray here.

    I have an old tensioner question. I have an ancient, 1912 Singer 115/15 treadle head that I've cleaned up and put back together. My first treadle is almost ready to test drive!!! Whoo hoo! But I'm not sure if I have to replace the two tensioner disks or not.

    This is the extremely basic, extremely plain tensioner. Has two disks, a washer thing, a spiral spring, a divided post and a thumb nut (and a funky wire/spring thingy for a thread guide/back tensioner that I cannot tell if it's bent out of shape or not.) That's it.

    The two plated tension disks where the thread passes between are worn. They are discolored, but not rusted, pitted, burred or lined... just discolored on the highest part of the bevel curve of each disk. About the size of a lifesaver, 1/3" or so. Is this sort of thing indicative of 'worn out-needing to be replaced'? or is this just cosmetic, and it'll be fine?

    (I have no other tensioner that's even CLOSE in age, wear or style. Can't compare. Pictures didn't come out.)
    Help? Opinions? Jokes?
    put a drop of oil on them and then polish with some crumpled up aluminum foil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auniqueview
    Here are the best photos I can get of the machine I bought. Any idea of what it is? I would really like a manual. Also, anyone know a good repair person in the Ft. Myer, Fl area who works on vintage machines?
    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ion-manual.pdf
    manual for generic 15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    I have an old tensioner question.
    You should be fine with them as long as they aren't worn through and aren't catching/cutting your thread.
    Okay, thanks, Charlee. To me, the metal looks to be the same thickness as the rest of the disk. Oil and aluminum foil. Okay, thanks miriam. I remember that now, but didn't do it. I'll do that when I take it apart again. (wrote it down!).

    And actually, while I think about it... that CHSS comment was yours, Charlee! Sorry I mis-identified you! So funny!

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    I want to do some "fine" detailed cleaning of my FW... Inside crevaces and all. Outside of machine, NOT inside. I was thinking of using a Q-tip and rubbing alchohol? Would this be OK? or if anyone has some special tricks or advice... I would sure appreciate it. Also... Do you know of a great way or product to brighten the black, make her shine alittle more? My machine is in very good shape...all scoll decals intact... Etc. I just want to dress her up alittle more to take her out !! LOL :-) Thanks everyone,
    Julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    And actually, while I think about it... that CHSS comment was yours, Charlee! Sorry I mis-identified you! So funny!
    kwendt - I'm the one with the original CHSS. Charlee was nice enough to translate it for everyone else. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    And actually, while I think about it... that CHSS comment was yours, Charlee! Sorry I mis-identified you! So funny!
    kwendt - I'm the one with the original CHSS. Charlee was nice enough to translate it for everyone else. :D
    GOSH GOSH GOSH!!! I'm so sorry, QuiltnCowgirl!!! LOL. Credit is due where credit is due. <hangs head, coughs> My head must still be spinning from the pneumonia! Um yeah. Right.

    I'll do better next time, promise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    And actually, while I think about it... that CHSS comment was yours, Charlee! Sorry I mis-identified you! So funny!
    kwendt - I'm the one with the original CHSS. Charlee was nice enough to translate it for everyone else. :D
    GOSH GOSH GOSH!!! I'm so sorry, QuiltnCowgirl!!! LOL. Credit is due where credit is due. <hangs head, coughs> My head must still be spinning from the pneumonia! Um yeah. Right.

    I'll do better next time, promise!
    Not to worry. It is a sad day when I take credit in public for the syndrome for not being able to handsew worth a darn. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    kwendt - I'm the one with the original CHSS. Charlee was nice enough to translate it for everyone else. :D
    GOSH GOSH GOSH!!! I'm so sorry, QuiltnCowgirl!!! LOL. Credit is due where credit is due. <hangs head, coughs> My head must still be spinning from the pneumonia! Um yeah. Right.
    Not to worry. It is a sad day when I take credit in public for the syndrome for not being able to handsew worth a darn. :oops:
    ROTF!!!! As my sis-in-law would say, "Girl, somedays you just take a number!"....

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    Darnit!! Here and I was all ready to bask in Cowgirl's glory!! :lol: ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Darnit!! Here and I was all ready to bask in Cowgirl's glory!! :lol: ;)
    And here all this time I never knew CHSS was glorious :lol:

    I just learned last summer how to do a "quilters knot". I can knot my thread now!! If only someone had shown me that about 35 years ago maybe the rest of my handsewing would have followed suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sede_Mae
    I want to do some "fine" detailed cleaning of my FW... Inside crevaces and all. Outside of machine, NOT inside. I was thinking of using a Q-tip and rubbing alchohol? Would this be OK? or if anyone has some special tricks or advice... I would sure appreciate it. Also... Do you know of a great way or product to brighten the black, make her shine alittle more? My machine is in very good shape...all scoll decals intact... Etc. I just want to dress her up alittle more to take her out !! LOL :-) Thanks everyone,
    Julie
    Not so sure about the rubbing alcohol and how that would react with the finish on the machine, so I would avoid that unless it's on the chrome parts. To get in the crevices, maybe just try a cotton swab or a toothpick with a little bit of cotton ball wrapped around it moistened with some water (if it's not too grimy and just dusty). As far as shine, I've used Scott's Liquid Gold or paste wax on my machines and buffed up with a soft cloth.

    Forgot to add, on the wax, don't use one with "cleaner" or an abrasive. :)

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    Question to those who would know, what is special about a Bell machine. Other than it looks interesting and very clean, I'm not sure why the price is (what I would consider) high? Is it a rare one?

    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=8751380

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