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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Hey Skip! Question for you.

    When you apply wax with steel wool in order to get the satin finish, don't you end up with "steel wool lint" in the finish? I'm not ready to wax yet, but trying to think through the options!
    No Charlee you will not have to worry about steel wool lint. The wax will hold any lint and will be removed when you buff the wax out. I have been using it for years with no problems.
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    I keep trying to search but not finding anything. Does anyone have pictures of a 347? My sister says she got me a Singer in a cabinet and the numbers (i'm assuming model numbers) is B347. When I type that into google I come up with Brother machines (parts). She says its blue!

    Will be calling her later this evening but wondering if anyone had any idea about what she might have

    Thanks!
    JulieT

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    Well, to answer myslef, I did find a blue 347 on ebay! I'm guessing the B in my sisters note was a typo.

    I dont have a blue machine


    Quote Originally Posted by jtapp9 View Post
    I keep trying to search but not finding anything. Does anyone have pictures of a 347? My sister says she got me a Singer in a cabinet and the numbers (i'm assuming model numbers) is B347. When I type that into google I come up with Brother machines (parts). She says its blue!

    Will be calling her later this evening but wondering if anyone had any idea about what she might have

    Thanks!
    JulieT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    No Charlee you will not have to worry about steel wool lint. The wax will hold any lint and will be removed when you buff the wax out. I have been using it for years with no problems.
    Skip
    Thanks Skipper! I think that's the way I'm going to go!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Laura, I love that little machine! It looks like it has a rubber mallet head - so cute!

    Nancy
    Took me a while to realize it has a light in it's little mallet head. I think his name is Elmer. Anyone have a scan or a link of a manual for the little 3/4 National/Eldridge/Montgomery Wards machines? Need to change the light bulb and cant reckon how to get in there. Laura

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    For those of you that don't venture off of this particular thread much...look and see what "Gojo" or "Goop" can do to a machine's decals!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t191828.html

    I've asked to have those tutorials removed...this was a family heirloom that has been damaged beyond repair by bad advice!!
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    That was a sad mess!! I felt sorry for her....she thought she was following good advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtremeSeams View Post
    Thanks. I have a jelly roll that I just finished sewing in sets of two strips so I still have plenty of length left on them. Planning to timing my speed today. Also, have to check tension today on my 301, I think it was off last time I sewed with it. I hope not, it really does sew fast. One more day...
    Linda, it works best if you cut off 18" of the first strip. Otherwise you end up with each strip starting on one side of the quilt and ending on the other side, next strip doing the same, etc. so you end up with just strips basically sewn together. Taking off the 18" makes it so the the strips "wrap" to the next row. Am I making this clear? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    That was a sad mess!! I felt sorry for her....she thought she was following good advice.
    I know...it's bad advice, and I don't think it should be here on the board. There are too many that don't know how to tell if the clear coat has been compromised and the decals exposed.

    I find myself angry about it, actually...and I don't often get angry to this degree.
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    I am so sorry that the decals are damaged. but please no gojo or goop on these old machines. Sewing macine oil and a little dish soap and water is all that is needed.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    I saw that Charlie and I was thinking what the heck happened. So sad!! Did you by chance send a note to mods?

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    Laura, here's a link to some info on these National machines.
    http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/reversew.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    Took me a while to realize it has a light in it's little mallet head. I think his name is Elmer. Anyone have a scan or a link of a manual for the little 3/4 National/Eldridge/Montgomery Wards machines? Need to change the light bulb and cant reckon how to get in there. Laura
    There are 2 long screws on the inside of the post (at the top & bottom) that hold the side plate on. After you unscrew them, pull out slightly on the front or bottom of the plate because the light socket snaps into a clamp. And then slide it backwards to get the switch thru the hole in the plate. At least that's how mine works....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I saw that Charlie and I was thinking what the heck happened. So sad!! Did you by chance send a note to mods?
    I sent one to Patrice.... I hope they can remove the tutorials before something like this happens to someone else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I sent one to Patrice.... I hope they can remove the tutorials before something like this happens to someone else.
    This person has been a member for almost 2 years and was not reading the rest of the information posted on this board about cleaning up an old machine. I do hope those tutorials are removed soon.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    This person has been a member for almost 2 years and was not reading the rest of the information posted on this board about cleaning up an old machine. I do hope those tutorials are removed soon.
    I know Miriam, but many people have made the mistake of trusting him... trouble is, a machine like this one is damaged beyond repair before they learn not to. She didn't know that he didn't tell EVERYTHING when he made his tutorials...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Linda, it works best if you cut off 18" of the first strip. Otherwise you end up with each strip starting on one side of the quilt and ending on the other side, next strip doing the same, etc. so you end up with just strips basically sewn together. Taking off the 18" makes it so the the strips "wrap" to the next row. Am I making this clear? :-)
    Janice thank you! I forgot about that step! Yes, after you sew your very very long strip together - you must cut off about 18''s of "one" side so your seams are off set! You don't want any seams lining up together!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I know Miriam, but many people have made the mistake of trusting him... trouble is, a machine like this one is damaged beyond repair before they learn not to. She didn't know that he didn't tell EVERYTHING when he made his tutorials...
    Sad but true. If you google search cleaning up a vintage sewing machine that tutorial still comes up - not as close to the top but it does come up. If that is all the information you get you could do some serious damage.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Charlee I do hope they remove his tutorials they are doing more harm than good. I am glad you caught this one.
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    Anyone have a "Graybar" machine that needs a case?

    http://bend.craigslist.org/atq/3080300277.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    I missed the National SM Day too...didn't sew yesterday at all. Too busy watching Dodgers & Angels game with Mom. She's an Angels fan and I'm a Dodgers fan....it was so fun!! They have played a Freeway Series over the last 3 days, so we have had all the baseball we needed!! LOL
    I am a Dodgers fan, its hard to find the games now that I live in Texas. I grew up in southern CA.

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    that graybar case,,,, my apartment eletric case looks just like that, less the name.

    Thats a interesting name ,,,, graybar that I know of is the largest industrail elec supply in the USA,, from the line of stock and tools they carry, I have to wonder if they may have sold sewing machines at one time .

    The graybar on the case is the same as the graybar logo for that company today..

    charlee I would love to have taht , but I never get over that way , I just took on a two month project today .. I'm about to say I'll give ya a 15 - 91 for it LOLOLOLOL
    Last edited by xxxxxxxxxx; 06-15-2012 at 11:25 PM.

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    Such a shame. I saw the photos of the that machine yesterday, and this morning the entire thread had gone. The link in Charlee's post 35682 above no longer takes you anywhere, and the thread doesn't appear in the list of threads in this section. Billy's tutorials are still there though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsureif View Post
    that graybar case,,,, my apartment eletric case looks just like that, less the name.

    Thats a interesting name ,,,, graybar that I know of is the largest industrail elec supply in the USA,, from the line of stock and tools they carry, I have to wonder if they may have sold sewing machines at one time .

    The graybar on the case is the same as the graybar logo for that company today..

    charlee I would love to have taht , but I never get over that way , I just took on a two month project today .. I'm about to say I'll give ya a 15 - 91 for it LOLOLOLOL
    Notsureif, I did some research on Graybar at one time because I was interested in a Graybar machine. The Graybar Company actually 'manufactured' consumer products, i.e, washing machines, vacuums, sewing machines from 1926 to 1934. The company succumbed to the Depression about 1934. Graybar, started out as Western Electric - split off from Western Electric in 1925 - became Graybar - then after the Depression the company discontinued making/manufacturing its own products. Graybar is still a huge company today, but they are a 'distribution' of products company. National made Western Electric machines between 1917 and 1918 - only for 2 years - then Graybar took over until the companies split!

    It is so interesting to try and figure out 'who' manufactured a particular machine when you get one of those that changed companies a few times!

    Nancy

    I don't know where Monica has been, but she 'had' a Graybar. I think she gave it away, but not sure?
    Last edited by BoJangles; 06-16-2012 at 05:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Such a shame. I saw the photos of the that machine yesterday, and this morning the entire thread had gone. The link in Charlee's post 35682 above no longer takes you anywhere, and the thread doesn't appear in the list of threads in this section. Billy's tutorials are still there though.
    Muv, I think Patrice misunderstood...I'm sending her another message! (It would have been my fault, that was the only link I sent her to show her one of the results of someone that's used the tute)
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