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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpatchquilter
    I am new to all of this, so if I am about to make myself sound like a total dummy, please forgive me in advance. LOL* I see here you used Bar Keepers Friend to polish the metal, is that a lot different than Comet powder cleanser? Is there any reason I couldn't just use comet on the metal? It does say it cleans stainless steel...thanks! Lol*

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    I have been working on my Davis since late afternoon. I took a bunch of pics during the process.
    Looking good!!!

    Before long you will be making a quilt on it. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Billy
    Thanks, Billy. It was fun to do. I used Barkeepers Friend to clean all the metal. It worked like magic!! Think I'll put some Turtle Wax on her to help keep the finish intact. It's pretty bad, and I don't want it to deteriorate any further.
    Bar Keepers Friend has a mild acid in it that removes the rust and tarnish. You can smell it when you wet it. Comet has too much abrasive stuff in it, I think. I don't use Comet except in my porcelain sink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have been working on my Davis since late afternoon. I took a bunch of pics during the process.
    Janice, look at page 1178. That is what my Davis looks like now. 'Betty' looked just like your Davis when I got her. After cleaning with Goop - non-pumice -, I applied several coats of Blue Magic TR3 Resin Glaze for cars. She is really slick and shiny now - the picture doesn't do her justice.

    Nancy
    Thanks, Nancy. I'll ask DH to get that car finish for her. Her finish is really pretty bad, so I want to protect it as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have been working on my Davis since late afternoon. I took a bunch of pics during the process.
    Really looking good !!

    Texas Jan
    Thanks, Jan. She cleaned up not too bad. Still some black old gunk around her screw heads, crevices, etc, but overall she cleaned pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Ha. I used Colgate tooth paste with baking soda on some of my chrome pieces - it was covered in smoke or what - came right off - shined up good too... I use it on silverware too...
    Great idea. I still have a couple of machines to clean their metal pieces, so I'll try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    That's located out around San Bernardino/Redlands area. About a 4 hour drive for me. Too bad I'm just swamped for the next few weeks. That's a great buy on that. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Well everyone I bought one of Candace's 319w's yesterday along with all 30 cams but one! I got the pretty green one. I haven't had a chance to try her out yet as I did not get the motor or foot pedal with this machine. I don't need them as I am going to put her in a treadle as soon as we get the light sanding and staining - light refinishing - done on her new treadle. The treadle cabinet I got over the week with the 66 in it just needed some light work due to water rings from those potted plants everyone puts on these treadle cabinets. (I only bought this cabinet because it was in very good shape and I needed it for the 319w!) I will pick up my zig zag plate today! I am soooooo excited to try this machine in the treadle! It is going to be so much fun to treadle a machine with decorative stitches. Now I will be finishing my little Patchabilities on the treadle when I work at home - in class in use my Rocketeer 503a!

    Thank you so much Candace! Loved your house - all the goblins and ghosts everywhere!

    Nancy
    Sounds like great fun, Nancy. Please show her in treadle....can't wait to see it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Yep definitely a Davis Franklin! I would love to get it, though it is missing the drawers on one side, but Highland is down by LA - too far for me to drive!

    Nancy
    I don't thinki it's missing the drawers...they just look pushed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltdoctor
    Anybody want a bubblegum pink machine???

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/atq/2677383204.html

    Texas Jan
    I actually researched this model as someone here locally was selling one. I passed because there are plastic innards and gears that are known to crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have a 99 I took the old motor off and put a handcrank on. Love it!! It's heavy as an anchor, but fun to sew on. I can take her camping, etc.
    Which reminds me, Janice...where do I get a handcrank for my "new" 66?
    Hi! You can get one from Sew-Classic, if she has any in stock. I got mine off eBay for around $20, and it didn't have that funky Chinese decals on it. Then I had to buy the spoke wheel from Cathy at the TOGA. Does your already have the spoke wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Well everyone I bought one of Candace's 319w's yesterday along with all 30 cams but one! I got the pretty green one. I haven't had a chance to try her out yet as I did not get the motor or foot pedal with this machine. I don't need them as I am going to put her in a treadle as soon as we get the light sanding and staining - light refinishing - done on her new treadle. The treadle cabinet I got over the week with the 66 in it just needed some light work due to water rings from those potted plants everyone puts on these treadle cabinets. (I only bought this cabinet because it was in very good shape and I needed it for the 319w!) I will pick up my zig zag plate today! I am soooooo excited to try this machine in the treadle! It is going to be so much fun to treadle a machine with decorative stitches. Now I will be finishing my little Patchabilities on the treadle when I work at home - in class in use my Rocketeer 503a!

    Thank you so much Candace! Loved your house - all the goblins and ghosts everywhere!

    Nancy
    It was very nice meeting you and your hubby. I know you will show your machine lots of love. I know there are 319 haters out there-think they're too loud and clunky, but they just have something about them that is so cool and fun to use. The only way I'd part with my last one (black) is if another green one fell in my lap:>

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    BTW, Jon informs me that my Davis was one of the first year production at their new Dayton OH factory. That's kind of a cool thing. Thanks for the info, Jon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    BTW, Jon informs me that my Davis was one of the first year production at their new Dayton OH factory. That's kind of a cool thing. Thanks for the info, Jon.
    Yours doesn't have "Watertown, NY" on the slide?

    Jon is way cool... :)

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    Oh, there's something about a little, white Singer that just makes my heart skip a beat. What a cute machine!

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have a 99 I took the old motor off and put a handcrank on. Love it!! It's heavy as an anchor, but fun to sew on. I can take her camping, etc.
    Which reminds me, Janice...where do I get a handcrank for my "new" 66?
    Hi! You can get one from Sew-Classic, if she has any in stock. I got mine off eBay for around $20, and it didn't have that funky Chinese decals on it. Then I had to buy the spoke wheel from Cathy at the TOGA. Does your already have the spoke wheel?
    Yes, it does have a spoke wheel which is why I instantly knew my brother had "done good" and why I wasn't worried that it had been converted to electric. I immediately thought "handcrank"! :thumbup:

    So the ones from Sew-Classic have funky Chinese decals on them?

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    Ha, ha! All dressed up and nowhere to go! Your machines have been restored nicely.

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    BTW, Jon informs me that my Davis was one of the first year production at their new Dayton OH factory. That's kind of a cool thing. Thanks for the info, Jon.
    Yours doesn't have "Watertown, NY" on the slide?

    Jon is way cool... :)
    No, it says Dayton

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    I have a 99 I took the old motor off and put a handcrank on. Love it!! It's heavy as an anchor, but fun to sew on. I can take her camping, etc.
    Which reminds me, Janice...where do I get a handcrank for my "new" 66?
    Hi! You can get one from Sew-Classic, if she has any in stock. I got mine off eBay for around $20, and it didn't have that funky Chinese decals on it. Then I had to buy the spoke wheel from Cathy at the TOGA. Does your already have the spoke wheel?
    Yes, it does have a spoke wheel which is why I instantly knew my brother had "done good" and why I wasn't worried that it had been converted to electric. I immediately thought "handcrank"! :thumbup:

    So the ones from Sew-Classic have funky Chinese decals on them?
    Depends where she gets them from. The last ones she had did have them, but other people have just painted over them with black Testors paint. Monica showed it to her husband, and he told her it says "Made in the People's Republic of China".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    BTW, Jon informs me that my Davis was one of the first year production at their new Dayton OH factory. That's kind of a cool thing. Thanks for the info, Jon.
    Yours doesn't have "Watertown, NY" on the slide?

    Jon is way cool... :)
    No, it says Dayton
    Ok...since our numbers are only about 5000 apart, mine must have been in the last run at Watertown, or was in the first run at Dayton, using parts leftover from Watertown...

    Gets more interesting all the time! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Ha, ha! All dressed up and nowhere to go! Your machines have been restored nicely.

    ~ Cindy
    Thanks, Cindy. We all are working on various machines with various "issues". They do come out looking pretty nice, don't they? It's one of the reasons this is such a great place...so much help for our projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee
    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    BTW, Jon informs me that my Davis was one of the first year production at their new Dayton OH factory. That's kind of a cool thing. Thanks for the info, Jon.
    Yours doesn't have "Watertown, NY" on the slide?

    Jon is way cool... :)
    No, it says Dayton
    Ok...since our numbers are only about 5000 apart, mine must have been in the last run at Watertown, or was in the first run at Dayton, using parts leftover from Watertown...

    Gets more interesting all the time! :)
    Sure does!! I love it...like a mystery novel!! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    OMG...it makes you wanna to cry.

    I've been hunting for a "the Free" treadle cabinet because the people who sold me the head took the origina cabinet and treadle base apart to make coffee tables. AUGH! The gorgeous cab is the best part about that machine.

    ~ Cindy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    OMG...it makes you wanna to cry.

    I've been hunting for a "the Free" treadle cabinet because the people who sold me the head took the origina cabinet and treadle base apart to make coffee tables. AUGH! The gorgeous cab is the best part about that machine.

    ~ Cindy

    Keep looking....they come up on Craigslist here occasionally...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhmnj
    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Yep definitely a Davis Franklin! I would love to get it, though it is missing the drawers on one side, but Highland is down by LA - too far for me to drive!

    Nancy
    Hi---
    I wasn't aware that Davis made Sear's Franklin's. Always thought the early ones were made by Domestic. All Davis machines for Sears and badged that I know of have a "D" followed by serial number on throat plate like the Minnesota's. The Franklin could be the exception however (?).
    Jon
    Jon, White made two Franklin machines that Sears sold. The Franklin VS and the Franklin Rotary. They have to be later than 1912 machines. I wasn't aware that there was also a machine called Franklin that Domestic made?

    I didn't know anything about the 'D' on the Minnesota's - I don't own a Minnesota. That is something to remember! Now I will watch out for the machines with a 'D' in front of the serial number sold by Sears.

    I know that Davis was the sole supplier of sewing machines to Sears until 1912. I also knew that Davis made the Minnesota A, B, C, D, & K.

    The Franklin that Davis made with the elaborate decals modeled after Singer's 27/127 was also made for Sears in 1911.

    That is what makes this group so neat - all the learning opportunities!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Billy I have some Touch & Sew manuals if you are interested.
    Miriam are you being funny? Are you serious? I don't think Billy cares for those Touch and Throws!

    Nancy
    LOL I was thinking the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Quote Originally Posted by tropit
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    OMG...it makes you wanna to cry.

    I've been hunting for a "the Free" treadle cabinet because the people who sold me the head took the origina cabinet and treadle base apart to make coffee tables. AUGH! The gorgeous cab is the best part about that machine.

    ~ Cindy

    Keep looking....they come up on Craigslist here occasionally...

    Will do...thanks, Janice. I bought that FREE machine for only $26. I wanted to check out something else besides the Singer brand and tinker with it a bit. I also wanted a challenge...a hunt for missing parts. I figured at that price, I can't go wrong. If anyone hears of a treadle base, cab, or accessories for the FREE, please let me know.

    I also bought a "working treadle" to use right now, everyday. It's a Singer Red Eye with a pretty nice cabinet for $99. (The shipping is killer though.) Here's some pix of my latest love. I plan to use her every day. We're building a cabin that's off the grid, so electricity will not always be available. That shouldn't stop ME from sewing!


    ~ Cindy
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