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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I was impressed with that machine for what ever reason, too. I think I would like it better if it was not dedicated left though.
    Well I'd bet he was just impressed with the La Vincendora decals and the hand crank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Miriam, I just use regular car wax. You can get it at any auto parts store or any store like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. too. The thing I want to stress though is it should be just a plain wax. Not rubbing or polishing compound and nothing with an abrasive in it. Abrasives are bad for sewing machines and their finish.
    ~G~
    Grant,

    How about a brand name and product version? There are a gazillion versions of "car wax" to look through. If you tell us specifically what you use it would save us a lot of looking.

    Joe

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    Grant,

    Just an additional comment. I have tried one form of car wax that was non abrasive and it did attack the decals. So I'm not gonna buy anything else until I know positively what to buy.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I picked up a Pfaff 130 this weekend and was trying to clean it up a bit and this shows what a little rubbing alcohol followed by some car wax can do to even the worst dried on, baked on, oil and schmutz. I like the after shot. It shines so much it has a double reflection.
    ~G~

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    Geeze, that 130 shines! I have always been afraid of rubbing alcohol and decals! That machine looks great! Please post a photo after you have that machine all cleaned up!

    Now if you want a machine that would have no problem doing sails - it is the Pfaff 130! In fact, the 130 was used for making/repairing sails by a lot of sailors! I feel guilty sometimes that I don't use my 130 more. Between the Pfaff 1222e with the built in walking foot, the Pfaff 130 for its power, and my Singer 319 for decorative - I really don't need another machine! Hummmmm, I have to add, though, that the Pfaff 360 just does the most amazing job with free motion work! Although, I have never tried to FM with the 130! The 1222e also does great with FM!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    Just an additional comment. I have tried one form of car wax that was non abrasive and it did attack the decals. So I'm not gonna buy anything else until I know positively what to buy.

    Joe
    Joe, I've had good luck with MacGuire's Carnauba wax. A couple of my machines came to me sans clear coat and the decals exposed. Cleaned with sewing machine oil, and then the wax....they're fine and they shine now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Can anyone tell me what these are? They are only about 1.5 inches or so long. I'm guessing they were a sewing kit at one time but now are missing the caps that held in the needles. Attachment 379603 And Nancy, you are welcome. I was guessing but it is good to know where it attached for future reference. Good looking and CLEAN machine. ~G~
    My hardware store has different size corks in one of the hardware drawers- that might look ok as replacement caps. Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Well, I pretty much finished up work on a Singer 99-13 I picked up a few weeks ago. Just a few touch ups left.
    ~G~

    Before.
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    And Now.
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    Oh wow. the before pic I though, ehh, not bad, but the after- the machine really glows. Looks like a happy little machine! Nice work! Laura

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Size:  418.7 KBThis is a machine I picked up for free with two other machines, one a White and the other a Kenmore. It is a high shank, left needle machine. It was a mess when I got it, but now, after some oil, a new bobbin winder wheel and lots of Qtips and cotton batting (my fave cleaning cloths) it works perfectly. It even has a control for "automatic" (semi-automatic?) button holes.

    I have a friend who needs to borrow a machine and I'm going to let her use this one if she wants. It really surprised me, it's a great machine. I really have no idea of the age or who made it. It's Japanese and takes the same bobbins as an old Kenmore I have from around 68 or so. It's a DeLuxe Emporium, DeLuxe 146B. I've done some searching, but haven't really found anything more about it. I found one similar on YouTube and watched the video. A lot of similarities, but not exactly the same. Just a good solid machine.

    Oh, and I can drop the feed dogs and do a little FMQ!

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    Hi Everyone. Am I in the correct spot to try and find out where I can get parts for an old Singer 15 I was given today. I'm going to have to replace the cords and get a thread holder for the top and maybe a couple other items after checking it out more. I'm just so excited to get it. Was told it works, but I wouldn't plug those cords in.

    Thanks for any help

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    quiltingweb, a lot of us have a mystery machine much like that one. Mine is a pretty turquoise Universal, but maybe older as my numbers read A32. It looks like yours is a dedicated left needle machine, too. Does it have a high shank?

    tutslady, sew-classic.com will have what you need if you don't have a local repair shop with parts for sale. Your cords can be purchased at a hardware store. Home Depot helped me. I think it was 18 gauge lamp cord, but don't quote me. The 15s are said to be great stitchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Dan, Thank you. Miriam, I will try to send them to you in a pm. Joe, I use regular car wax with no abrasives to clean the gunk off of them and have for years with 100% success. It doesn't mess up the paint or decals and gives it a nice shine when it is clean. It takes a bit more elbow grease but I think that preserving the paint and decals is worth the extra effort. If there is old tape or thick gunk on the bed, I use straight 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. On the "Chrome" I use a metal polish called Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish. You can get it at auto parts stores. And Murphy's Oil Soap for the wood.
    ~G~
    Thank-you so much for sharing on the cleaning, its very much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    How about a brand name and product version? There are a gazillion versions of "car wax" to look through. If you tell us specifically what you use it would save us a lot of looking.

    Joe
    Joe, I have been using Wizards brand wax. Shine Master Polish & Breathable Sealant. It is safe for Freshly Painted Surfaces. I got it from a body shop. http://www.wizardsproducts.com/store...6-oz-p-17.html I believe that almost any good wax from Meguiar's or Turtle Wax without any abrasives in it would be good, but I use the Wizards personally. I did try the black colored wax "As Seen On TV" but it made a mess out of the towel I was using and I was not impressed. I had hopes for it but it ruins the cloth you put it on with. I went back to the Wizards. I hope this helps.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Geeze, that 130 shines! I have always been afraid of rubbing alcohol and decals! That machine looks great! Please post a photo after you have that machine all cleaned up!

    Now if you want a machine that would have no problem doing sails - it is the Pfaff 130! In fact, the 130 was used for making/repairing sails by a lot of sailors! I feel guilty sometimes that I don't use my 130 more. Between the Pfaff 1222e with the built in walking foot, the Pfaff 130 for its power, and my Singer 319 for decorative - I really don't need another machine! Hummmmm, I have to add, though, that the Pfaff 360 just does the most amazing job with free motion work! Although, I have never tried to FM with the 130! The 1222e also does great with FM!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I do not like using, nor should I have recommended using rubbing alcohol on paint finishes. It is risky. I did try it here on that gunk under the motor. It was my test area, not well seen if all goes wrong kind of spot on the machine. And I will post pictures when it is done along with the scary pictures I took before I started.
    I am looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running. The 130 seems to have quite a following of people that just love them. Since the first Pfaff I bought, I am a fan too. Great Machines! In fact, I am almost done with the 230 and that one should be going to it's new home here at the end of the week.
    ~G~

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    Thank you so much Irishrose. I am so anxious to get it cleaned up and give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    My hardware store has different size corks in one of the hardware drawers- that might look ok as replacement caps. Laura
    Great idea Laura! Thanks.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutslady View Post
    Thank you so much Irishrose. I am so anxious to get it cleaned up and give it a try.
    Take before and after pictures and share them here too. 15's are great machines as are the clones of them. You were smart not to plug it in if the cords are bad.
    ~G~

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    Finally able to steal the laptop long enough to add a couple of photos of the little toy machine I picked up at a local antique store the other day. I know nothing about it really yet, but it is all freely moving, and appears to be in working condition. I just thought she was cute and needed a good home. Plus she was only 12 bucks.
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    I think I might do a full restoration on this if I can recreate waterslide decals close enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Joe, I have been using Wizards brand wax. Shine Master Polish & Breathable Sealant. It is safe for Freshly Painted Surfaces. I got it from a body shop. http://www.wizardsproducts.com/store...6-oz-p-17.html I believe that almost any good wax from Meguiar's or Turtle Wax without any abrasives in it would be good, but I use the Wizards personally. I did try the black colored wax "As Seen On TV" but it made a mess out of the towel I was using and I was not impressed. I had hopes for it but it ruins the cloth you put it on with. I went back to the Wizards. I hope this helps.
    ~G~
    Grant,

    Thanks for the info and link. I bookmarked it for future use.

    Joe

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    I think we need before, during, and after shoots. That is adorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Nancy, I do not like using, nor should I have recommended using rubbing alcohol on paint finishes. It is risky. I did try it here on that gunk under the motor. It was my test area, not well seen if all goes wrong kind of spot on the machine. And I will post pictures when it is done along with the scary pictures I took before I started.
    I am looking forward to getting it cleaned up and running. The 130 seems to have quite a following of people that just love them. Since the first Pfaff I bought, I am a fan too. Great Machines! In fact, I am almost done with the 230 and that one should be going to it's new home here at the end of the week.
    ~G~
    what do you use on the places where the wire wrap stuff rots on to the machine in a hard to remove pile?
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    Jenn, that little toy sewing machine takes my breath away! I have searched for years to find one like I had as a child but the only thing I remembered was it was blue. It looked just like the one you found! So, thank you for posting your find and jogging my memory. Have fun with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpete523 View Post
    Jenn, that little toy sewing machine takes my breath away! I have searched for years to find one like I had as a child but the only thing I remembered was it was blue. It looked just like the one you found! So, thank you for posting your find and jogging my memory. Have fun with it!

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    This one is called Junior Miss. Made by ArtCraft Metal Products. In looking around, there are quite a few of these around so you might find one on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    what do you use on the places where the wire wrap stuff rots on to the machine in a hard to remove pile?
    I have the same question. My 15-91 has a bad case of that melted on stuff and other than chipping it off, nothing has touched it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I have the same question. My 15-91 has a bad case of that melted on stuff and other than chipping it off, nothing has touched it.

    joe
    I want to know the answer to this also. I have only been able to chip it off like Joe
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