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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    No Miriam you wipe the oil off with naptha or lighter fluid. The alcohol will take the oil off but well remove what shellac is left on the decals. Ok lets stay away from the decals until we have smooth the shellac over the machine with out decals. With this method we are really redistributing the shellac not removeing it. But like I told Charlee if you are worried about the decals get some clear shellac spray and spray them then smooth the orange peel with the final smoothing or adding more shellac to the machine.
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    Charlee,

    maybe you can open up a museum for sewing machines in your area


    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Nope! No can do!! Not going into a storage unit!! NO WAY! I'd have to go out there to sew...they'd get ignored... not happening!
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear View Post
    Charlee,

    maybe you can open up a museum for sewing machines in your area
    I don't have enough machines for that....and then I'd have to go visit them! Not sure that would work well!
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    You can add shellac to the finish at anytime by dipping finger in shellac the with a few drops of oil instead of alcohol if you think it is to thin in spots. The idea here is to smooth the rough brown looking shellac so the clear coat is smooth and shiny. Then we usually add more shellac finish if needed. The alcohol is actually melting the old shellac so it will blend with the shellac that is smooth. We are not removing shellac just redistributing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynn View Post
    Hi Glenn--thank you so much for posting all of this! I just wanted to double check the things I found for your instructions, would these items work?

    Naptha - http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
    Linseed Oil - http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051
    Shellac - http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

    Just wanted to make sure before I went a'huntin' tomorrow!
    Don't forget the denatured alcohol
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    Please give me some feed back during your clear coat cleaning. I would like to know if it is working for you. Laura said she loved the results. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. So now go out and get the stuff and start cleaning the clear coat. You will find it is really very easy to do. Skipper
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    I'm nervously thru the lighter fluid and the denatured alcohol...there are spots that shine (total lack of shellac, I think) and the rest of it is dull, not at all shining...
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    Charlee usually the spots that shine are shellac the dull spots are the brown shellac that as collected and bunched up. Japan is a satin finish until the clear coat (shellac is applied) Do the dull spots loolk like the before pics I posted earlier if so you are not finish with the treatment. You can post a pic if you like and I will take a look at it.
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    Last edited by Charlee; 03-31-2012 at 06:23 PM.
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    Ok...so I "backspace them" and they show up!! Can you tell I'm tired tonight?
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    Charlee what is the date on this machine. It has some wear (scratches on the bed and the arm) that look like it may not be clear coated with shellac.
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    Charlee take some alcohol on the back arm and see if it softens the finish if not then you have somethng else. If it does then we will proceed.
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    It softens...can tell you that from what I've already done...and when it was flaking off, it was brown, like the old shellac would do...
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    Ok Charlee continue this tech until all surface is the same and smooth and blended. Stay way from the decals your clear coat of shellac is very thin. After you do this then we need to apply shellac to protect everything. I can see spots like water spots on the arm. This is and indication the machine was stored in a very hot place at some time. Try if you can get the spots to go away by this melting and blending. It will look better when we apply the shellac.
    You may need to get some rest first.
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    I will do that Skip...and I think I'm done for tonight...I really am tired....cranky...and a bit impatient. Not a good combination for something like this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I will do that Skip...and I think I'm done for tonight...I really am tired....cranky...and a bit impatient. Not a good combination for something like this...

    Good night, I am outa here to Skip
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    Laura, Please post pictures of the machine that you are working on.
    I'm interested in seeing your results too!

    Glenn, you state that Charlee's machine doesn't look like it has shellac. How can we tell before hand on our machines? Or is it discovered after trial with the alcohol?

    I have a Singer 9W that I was planning to give this a try. Also have a Davis NVF that would be my second machine to test. I'm wondering if the Davis machine's shellac will be different from the Singers. I need to know what to look for in the shellac since I'm not understand the difference.

    Thanks!!!! Love the tutorial so far.

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    I've been following this. Thank you for the great information! I won't be trying this for a month or two, but I have a question. I have 2 very old sewing chairs with a dark brown finish that gets gummy and tacky in warm weather. I 'm guessing I can clean them up the same as a treadle cabinet. Is it shellac or varnish that gets sticky in humid weather?

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    Hey Monica...did you happen to notice that Skip's showin' off his "drawers" AGAIN??
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    Glenn- I made my own shellac- its a 2 pound cut. should I thin it to a one pound? or does it not matter. Thanks Laura
    (2 pound and one pound are strengths of shellac. I don't think the rest of you have to worry about it. I've been getting a little over-involved in the wood work, again.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Hey Monica...did you happen to notice that Skip's showin' off his "drawers" AGAIN??
    Yeah!!! I was trying not to say anything.

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    Folks- if you haven't tried this yet- please do. It is beyond simple. Don't scrub. Like you are putting moisturizer on your eyelid, like. I am beyond impressed what it has done to the worst looking machine I owned, and just worked over my Davis VF. The bed was so rough it was a challenge to sew with, and now it is quite smooth! Really, really fun! Now, if Glen could just tell us how to do this to our own wrinkles, instead of just our machines, he could make a million bucks! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Hey Monica...did you happen to notice that Skip's showin' off his "drawers" AGAIN??
    Although, I went back to take another peek , and I believe it is his undershirt that he is using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Folks- if you haven't tried this yet- please do. It is beyond simple. Don't scrub. Like you are putting moisturizer on your eyelid, like. I am beyond impressed what it has done to the worst looking machine I owned, and just worked over my Davis VF. The bed was so rough it was a challenge to sew with, and now it is quite smooth! Really, really fun! Now, if Glen could just tell us how to do this to our own wrinkles, instead of just our machines, he could make a million bucks! Laura
    Pictures Please!!!

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