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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I want to know the answer to this also. I have only been able to chip it off like Joe
    I haven't even been able to get it chipped.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    the last pile of melted gunk I had, came off with bug and tar remover. I didn't use that all the way down to the metal, but putting cotton balls saturated on top loosened a lot. I had nothing to lose on that machine. I did coat the metalwork I wanted to protect with oil before positioning the cotton ball, and didn't lose any paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    the last pile of melted gunk I had, came off with bug and tar remover. I didn't use that all the way down to the metal, but putting cotton balls saturated on top loosened a lot. I had nothing to lose on that machine. I did coat the metalwork I wanted to protect with oil before positioning the cotton ball, and didn't lose any paint.
    Well it sure acts like tar and it bugs me
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    Quote Originally Posted by makitmama View Post
    the last pile of melted gunk I had, came off with bug and tar remover. I didn't use that all the way down to the metal, but putting cotton balls saturated on top loosened a lot. I had nothing to lose on that machine. I did coat the metalwork I wanted to protect with oil before positioning the cotton ball, and didn't lose any paint.
    Great idea, I never thought about bug and tar remover but it makes perfect sense. Thanks a lot and I will try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    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.
    Thank you for the information. I'm sure it will make searching for one easier. If you decide you don't want to keep it I'd be interested.

    Jan

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    What I used on the Pfaff 130 in the pictures was Rubbing Alcohol 91%. The before picture shows a lot of black gunk, a small pile, and it came off with Rubbing Alcohol on paper towels. Wipe it off quick though.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well it sure acts like tar and it bugs me
    L L That was funny Miriam.

    And I have some bug and tar remover, so I'll give it a go as well.

    Joe

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    Miriam,

    I bought a Singer 15-30 treadle with gingerbread/ tiffany decals years ago that had an added on motor with 'melted' wiring. The melting was so bad that it had run over the up-right arm, over the bed and down onto the wooden belly pan. Funny how older wiring either melts into a goo or becomes totally brittle.

    I removed it with kerosene. I soaked small flannel rags in kerosene. I then placed the rags on a small section of the wiring puddle for 10 minutes or so then rubbed the puddle with this rag. I continued to repeat this using a fresh rag each time. This action slowly removed the puddle a tiny layer at a time. Nothing quick about job. A small amount of the goo never came off of the belly pan.

    This machine is now drop dead gorgeous. I had no damage at all to the decals, but the shellac on this machine was intact. If the shellac had been compromised I suspect that I would have seen decal damage.
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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?
    Cathy

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    I have some work to do on a couple melted up machines. I'm going to try all of the above and see what gets the goo off. Just not today.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Well if all else fails you could soak it in kerosene and light it. That should "melt" the gunk off. LOL.

    Joe

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    Joe, shame on you! although that could be considered a 'scorched earth' war action, and I was definitely at war with the last pile of goop.
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    I just want to say that my collection of vintage machines is growing.I just love the nostalgia of these great well made works of art.I do not use them in my everyday sewing -but I may give it a whirl.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    Attachment 380078This 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!
    Quiltingweb, your two-tone pink machine looks alot like my two-tone blue "Rodney" machine. I was pleasantly surprised at how strong and smooth my machine is. Those are great machines, but the left needle thing does sort of bug me. I'm curious if some of the high shank feet work on these left needle machines? I don't have high shank accessories to try except for a straight stitch foot that must of been made for the left needle machines! Has anyone tried their generic high shank feet on a left needle machine? I am curious if I ordered a darning/hopping foot if it would work with the left needle thing?

    Nancy

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    Happy St. Nicholas Day to All! May your shoes be full of wonderful treats and sitting beside them a new vintage sewing machine!

    For those looking for a sewing project to make with that special vintage machine, here is a Santa PP project:
    http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/201...lock-is-ready/

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Quiltingweb, your two-tone pink machine looks alot like my two-tone blue "Rodney" machine. I was pleasantly surprised at how strong and smooth my machine is. Those are great machines, but the left needle thing does sort of bug me. I'm curious if some of the high shank feet work on these left needle machines? I don't have high shank accessories to try except for a straight stitch foot that must of been made for the left needle machines! Has anyone tried their generic high shank feet on a left needle machine? I am curious if I ordered a darning/hopping foot if it would work with the left needle thing?

    Nancy
    Nancy,

    I've been working with my Aldens Magic ZZ and my Dial 'n Sew machines. Both are high shank, left needle position on straight stitch machines.
    The Aldens came with attachments and feet and I have tried the other generic high shank feet I have on it and they not only fit, they work just fine as well.
    The same thing with the Dial 'n Sew. I suspect that the only time you'll run into any problems is trying to use the ZZ with a straight stitch foot and needle plate. That's a bit of sudden rudeness nobody likes.

    One other weird thing. The Aldens ( Looks like a Necchi) will do straight stitch from the middle position. But, if I use the straight stitch needle plate I have to move the L-M-R lever to L. I don't bother cos the left needle position is a pain to set up for 1/4" seams. I just leave the Aldens on ZZ and put it in the M position. Problem solved.

    The Dial 'n Sew and my Domestic automatically park left and you just gotta deal with it somehow, but at least the generic attachments I have work on them.

    Joe

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    Thanks Joe, I was going to say, I found some high shank feet in a box of other attachments, and yes, they do work just fine. I was a bit tentative at first, but they do work. Oh, and it is an exact twin of the Aldens DeLuxe 146B.


    Barb

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    My son has gotten the estate sale bug so I went with him today since there was a crank machine listed and I've been wanting one. So, he carried it for me since I can't with my broken arm. I thought it looked like a 127/128 but when
    I looked it up (G508841) it said it is a model 15. So, I looked up the manual and now I'm really confused. My machine has a shuttle..... the manual I found pictured a round shuttle. So, what model is it? Once I am able to use my hand again, I'll have to clean it up cause it's pretty dirty. But, everything moves and I like the decals. I'd like to find out the model so I can find out what needle to use, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    My son has gotten the estate sale bug so I went with him today since there was a crank machine listed and I've been wanting one. So, he carried it for me since I can't with my broken arm. I thought it looked like a 127/128 but when
    I looked it up (G508841) it said it is a model 15. So, I looked up the manual and now I'm really confused. My machine has a shuttle..... the manual I found pictured a round shuttle. So, what model is it? Once I am able to use my hand again, I'll have to clean it up cause it's pretty dirty. But, everything moves and I like the decals. I'd like to find out the model so I can find out what needle to use, etc.
    Nanna, I just picked up almost the same machine today too. Try this website.
    http://www.sandman-collectibles.com/...r-machines.htm
    This is the machine I got today. Mine is a 128 made in 1921.
    ~G~

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    While we are on the subject, Has anyone seen this belt tensioner before, built right into the motor housing?
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Well if all else fails you could soak it in kerosene and light it. That should "melt" the gunk off. LOL.

    Joe
    now that would give you a whole new look for a sewing machine
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    now that would give you a whole new look for a sewing machine
    Miriam, I've never actually seen a Sewing Machine with a real flame job!
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Miriam, I've never actually seen a Sewing Machine with a real flame job!
    ~G~
    would it make the machine go faster???
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    Thanks Joe, I was going to say, I found some high shank feet in a box of other attachments, and yes, they do work just fine. I was a bit tentative at first, but they do work. Oh, and it is an exact twin of the Aldens DeLuxe 146B.


    Barb
    Thank you Joe and Barb! It is great to know that high shank feet work on these left needle machines! Now, I am on the look out for some high shank feet/accessories since I now have 3 of these left needle machines!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    My son has gotten the estate sale bug so I went with him today since there was a crank machine listed and I've been wanting one. So, he carried it for me since I can't with my broken arm. I thought it looked like a 127/128 but when
    I looked it up (G508841) it said it is a model 15. So, I looked up the manual and now I'm really confused. My machine has a shuttle..... the manual I found pictured a round shuttle. So, what model is it? Once I am able to use my hand again, I'll have to clean it up cause it's pretty dirty. But, everything moves and I like the decals. I'd like to find out the model so I can find out what needle to use, etc.
    Jean, if you didn't leave out a number in your serial number, you are right. Singer does list your machine as a Model 15 in their serial number data base! But, that is an error! Your machine is a 128 with the classic La Vincendora decals that were exclusively on the 28/128's! Beautiful hand crank machine! You are lucky, you got the machine with what looks like an original HC - not the added on HC made in China with Chinese characters all over it! Nice machine! It will be beautiful when you get it all shined up!

    Nancy

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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?
    The safest way to remove it is with a lot of patience, a manicurist orange stick, and a blow dryer. The orange sticks have a flat end and are soft enough not to mar the machine's finish. Heat the gunk with the hair dryer, scrape with the orange stick, repeat.

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