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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Originally Posted by miriam
    That Kenmore sure is ugly. I wonder how it sews? I wonder if cleaning it will improve it's looks... Looks like something to have around a farm. I wonder if you could paint it some wild color or something. The others look like they will clean up and be gorgeous though.
    The only real gripe I have with the Kenmore is that it is friction drive. I have one a little older than that one but along the same lines and its a wrinkle brown color. It is near perfect but I will never do anything with it.

    Billy
    Now that you say "wrinkle brown color" Billy, I did see one like that. I opened the lid, and shut it when I saw what it was. :roll:

    So how "old" are these? I was going to ask you what a friction drive was but looked at the machine and see. What is touching the wheel is flat where it has been resting. Huh.

    Lauren

    Edit-I see you answered the age question. Thanks
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:22 PM
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    I am not sure I want to hang out here anymore! I stopped at Goodwill on my way home, didn't find what I was looking for. But a Singer Magic Bobbin Deluxe Model 690U decided to come home with me. All the cams are with it. Made in Japan. Don't know where the serial number is. Now I have to figure out what it is and how to use it. It has a strange large bobbin in it. I didn't need another machine, but it looks so sad sitting there all dirty and forlorn and $10.00. Oh well.
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:22 PM
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    Um... why isn't there a separate board for this topic? 1009 pages? (If I'm beating a dead horse, my apologies.)

    I posted a vintage question and request for help here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-120349-1.htm

    Thanks for your help. I *really* want/need to lower my dogs!!!

    Thanks! - jillaine
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:25 PM
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    Grandmother23,
    All your machines look good. But the Minnesota really jumps out and grabs you with the pretty decals.

    Glenn,
    Sounds as if you and your wife were really lucky. Hope the roof isn't too bad and it doesn't rain for a while.

    Billy, same goes for you. Hope all our family on here made it through the storms ok.
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:25 PM
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    Glenn, very glad to hear you and yours are safe.
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:30 PM
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    Thanks Judy, Nancy,

    I thought I remembered that it wasn't critical, but I didn't remember the recommendations for care. I'll be better prepared to service it next time I open it. A campground with nothing but a box of pins, a screw driver and a scrap of toilet paper may not have been the optimum cleaning opportunity. However, I was between projects, had the time, the lube and the oil.

    An old t-shirt, tooth brush and machine lint brush are the tools I use for the vintage ladies. I wondered if my life would be easier if I used a gun cleaning kit. The circular brush on a longer handle sounds like a friend to my knuckles. Pros & cons?
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    Old 05-02-2011, 03:55 PM
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    Originally Posted by Crossstitcher
    Grandmother23,
    All your machines look good. But the Minnesota really jumps out and grabs you with the pretty decals.

    Glenn,
    Sounds as if you and your wife were really lucky. Hope the roof isn't too bad and it doesn't rain for a while.

    Billy, same goes for you. Hope all our family on here made it through the storms ok.
    We are all okay touch and go for awhile. Just some 100 years old trees that we must get out of the yard. After five days of no power t he hot shower(the first in five days was great) Glenn
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    Old 05-02-2011, 04:01 PM
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    Thank you all for thinking of us Glenn
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    Old 05-02-2011, 04:21 PM
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    Originally Posted by olebat
    Having an index to this thread would be the kiss of sweetness. I'm having rotten luck with key words in the search. I know I read about the insulation flaking off of the wires, and comments about lead - just don't eat it, but I can't locate that portion.

    While servicing my FW this weekend, the flakes were falling into the gears. I was camping, so didn't have everything I needed for the job at hand. I just picked the flakes out with a pin, and carried on with the lube job. At the time I read the thread, I was unaware of the flakes, now I have a need to know.

    Should I rewire the machine? Is that something which can be done by a good handyman, or do I need to pay a sewing machine specialist more than I paid for the machine to do the job? It's a great little machine and I like to keep it up, but that stitch in time thing is nagging me.
    It wasn't too far back, I think between pages 990 and 1000. If I remember correctly (and I may not have) I think somesaid that it was lead, and that it didn't have any effect on the operation of the machine.

    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Hope this helps.

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    Old 05-02-2011, 04:30 PM
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    Billy I sent you an e-mail that I need your thoughts on.
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