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    Laura, not bad on the 27 Looks really good.
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    Grant,

    That is an incredible transformation. I'm about half tempted to bring two or three of mine up to you and see if you would share some of your techniques. I can get 'em clean and running good, but they don't look that good.

    Joe

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    Grant you do such nice work! My DH would of choked up too - men can have a tender side - caring is not just for us girls!

    Laura, I too would have passed up that machine. Been there, done that! But, what a great job you did! What a lucky machine to be found by you!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    That is an incredible transformation. I'm about half tempted to bring two or three of mine up to you and see if you would share some of your techniques. I can get 'em clean and running good, but they don't look that good.



    Joe
    Grant- adding my plea to the chorus- would love to know how you got that machine looking so good! Laura

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    Grant they are loudly hinting for a tutorial.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Hinting?? Or begging??
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    I'm a Queen.... at least my pantyhose say I am!


    (proud caretaker of a magenta 221, purple 222, assorted 66's, a 301, a pink Atlas and Monarch, and Granny's 201-2.

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    Grant, Great job on the 66. She looks real purty now.

    Laura, Yours looks good too. I have a rust bucket very similar to yours that I picked up yesterday in my haul.

    Monroe, Trish, and Nancy, thanks for the advice about the splint for the finger. Will do that tomorrow either before or after the ortho doc.

    Chris
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    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Well DH and I unloaded some of the machines and cabinets today. One cabinet I'm giving as an end table to someone who's rebuilding their life from scratch. No machine in it and it a pressed wood one. DH fixed the cabinet with the bum leg while I looked at the 3rd cabinet. It's for a 99 and one of the machines is a 99 BUT the 99 has a non-Singer motor with 2 male plugs coming from it. I puzzled for a bit, helped DH with leg and then thought to look through the box of paraphernalia. I have a plug in there with a foot pedal and a socket with 2 plugs (for lack of a better description). Both of the male plugs are loose in the sockets so DH not too keen on me playing with this one. I still need to unload the 2 partial tops from the van but DH has promised to help me tomorrow with that. One of them is painted (YUCK!!) which I hope to strip off. I will post pictures tomorrow I hope of the partial cabinets. I believe one is a Singer but don't know about the other one.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Wow, Thank you all for such nice comments. Monroe, Joe, Nancy, Laura, Miriam, Chris, and Makeitmama, it is comments like yours that made me feel really good here.
    I have a Facebook page for sewing machines that I do if anyone would be interested. The link is below in my signature. I put a lot of Before pictures and then some After pictures, after she had picked it up. I usually don't use anything really special to clean them. Car Wax without abrasives, Chrome wheel wadding polish, A lot of wooden tooth picks, Q-Tips, and a whole lot of elbow grease.
    Sometimes I do have to use more specialized things for really dramatic changes like this rusty piece. It is half done here.

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    Thank you all again for the kind and encouraging words. It meant a lot.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Well DH and I unloaded some of the machines and cabinets today. One cabinet I'm giving as an end table to someone who's rebuilding their life from scratch. No machine in it and it a pressed wood one. DH fixed the cabinet with the bum leg while I looked at the 3rd cabinet. It's for a 99 and one of the machines is a 99 BUT the 99 has a non-Singer motor with 2 male plugs coming from it. I puzzled for a bit, helped DH with leg and then thought to look through the box of paraphernalia. I have a plug in there with a foot pedal and a socket with 2 plugs (for lack of a better description). Both of the male plugs are loose in the sockets so DH not too keen on me playing with this one. I still need to unload the 2 partial tops from the van but DH has promised to help me tomorrow with that. One of them is painted (YUCK!!) which I hope to strip off. I will post pictures tomorrow I hope of the partial cabinets. I believe one is a Singer but don't know about the other one.
    chris,

    The two male plugs are very simple. It's the non Singer way. One for the motor, one for the light. They plug into a specialized cord block that looks like this one from Sew-Classic:
    { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/Cord...143-SCE143.htm }
    Absolutely nothing to be confused about. It's a simple way to wire the machines. Slightly bend the male prongs to fit tighter in the cord block with the foot controller on it. Nothing complicated there.
    These cord blocks usually are mounted in a small compartment on the ends of the sewing machine case as in this case:
    { }

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Wow, Thank you all for such nice comments. Monroe, Joe, Nancy, Laura, Miriam, Chris, and Makeitmama, it is comments like yours that made me feel really good here.
    I have a Facebook page for sewing machines that I do if anyone would be interested. The link is below in my signature. I put a lot of Before pictures and then some After pictures, after she had picked it up. I usually don't use anything really special to clean them. Car Wax without abrasives, Chrome wheel wadding polish, A lot of wooden tooth picks, Q-Tips, and a whole lot of elbow grease.
    Sometimes I do have to use more specialized things for really dramatic changes like this rusty piece. It is half done here.

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    Thank you all again for the kind and encouraging words. It meant a lot.
    ~G~
    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe
    looks like it is off a Singer 99 or a Spartan - I've not figured out how to use those and keep the thread from falling off. Maybe I should read a manual...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant, we'll give your facebook a look see, but we are on dial up and sites with lots of pics just don't load for us.

    Great work. What did you soak that bobbin winder part in?

    Joe
    Joe, I usually have good results with chrome wheel polish wadding you can find at an Auto Parts Store. In this case it was pretty bad. I used a cordless Dremel on the slowest setting and a buffing wheel with Jeweler's Rouge. The "S" shaped part too. It is a thread guide for the 66 and was down on the bed.
    ~G~

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    Miriam,

    Those are easy. Here you go:
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    Just follow the instructions. Simpler than falling off a bycycle.


    Je

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    That is an incredible transformation. I'm about half tempted to bring two or three of mine up to you and see if you would share some of your techniques. I can get 'em clean and running good, but they don't look that good.

    Joe
    Joe, I have seen your work. I don't think you need my help but if you are ever up here I would be glad to show you what I know. If you, or anyone else, have any questions, I'm glad to help. PM me.
    ~G~

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    the incredible encouragement, support, and camaraderie of this board makes it a very special place! I feel lucky to have had Miz Kaki direct me here! Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurseknitsLaura View Post
    the incredible encouragement, support, and camaraderie of this board makes it a very special place! I feel lucky to have had Miz Kaki direct me here! Laura
    I agree. I am so glad I found QB too. Not only do they speak my language and understand what I am saying and asking, but I have been able to get good advice here as well as give some back.
    ~G~

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    I finally feel like there is a place where I can talk about sewing machines and repairs without someone thinking I grew an extra nose or ear... or looking down on me because I don't know anything...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Joe, I usually have good results with chrome wheel polish wadding you can find at an Auto Parts Store. In this case it was pretty bad. I used a cordless Dremel on the slowest setting and a buffing wheel with Jeweler's Rouge. The "S" shaped part too. It is a thread guide for the 66 and was down on the bed.
    ~G~
    Grant,

    I have Kit auto wax in the can and bottle, the non abrasive kind and have used that to polish up my Commodore clone. It sure did shine. But not quite like the one you did.

    I also have some of the chrome cleaner wadding in the can. Have used that too and it does work but again not like the ones I've seen you do.

    The one thing you mentioned I haven't tried is the Dremel with the polishing wheel and rouge. I have it, just never tried it.
    I'll have to do that.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I finally feel like there is a place where I can talk about sewing machines and repairs without someone thinking I grew an extra nose or ear... or looking down on me because I don't know anything...
    You know Miriam, there is a lot to be said about specialized knowledge. And No one knows everything about everything.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    I have Kit auto wax in the can and bottle, the non abrasive kind and have used that to polish up my Commodore clone. It sure did shine. But not quite like the one you did.

    I also have some of the chrome cleaner wadding in the can. Have used that too and it does work but again not like the ones I've seen you do.

    The one thing you mentioned I haven't tried is the Dremel with the polishing wheel and rouge. I have it, just never tried it.
    I'll have to do that.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Joe
    Joe (and anyone that is following this) I have several bottles of different wax that I use. On one machine Brand X works best. On another machine Brand Y works best and so on. Try a little and see how it works on a particular machine. I have used as many as four different waxes on a machine to find the one that works best for that particular machine. A little sewing machine oil in between waxing can also do wonders too. I use tooth picks to get off a lot of stuff in tight corners and on Knurled knobs. Sometimes an old sewing machine needle is what is called for to get in there too but NEVER on a painted surface. Discretion and patience is needed. The space between the bed and the neck where the two join usually has an air bubble behind it. DO NOT RUB THERE TOO HARD WITH A TOOTH PICK!!! YOU WILL PUNCH THROUGH IT!!! I always try the mild to harsh method as to not damage anything and go slow. Tooth picks wear out faster but will not scratch paint or chrome, they crack and break easily, but they are cheap. And always use WOOD tooth picks. As for the Dremel and Jeweler's Rouge, BE CAREFUL! It is best for small parts because it does put tiny scratches in the surface and when light hits it, you will see "Swirls". On small surfaces these scratches or swirls are not noticeable but on larger surfaces they are. I have a cordless Dremel that has a low and a high setting. The low works fine but the high is too fast.
    I hope this helps and good luck.
    ~G~

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    I am so lucky to be the owner of the Singer 66 that grant15clone posted the restoration pics on. She is now back in her cabinet, and looks even better in person. And she sews like a dream. This is the machine that I learned to sew on, that my Mom made my first school dresses on, and much later, quilts for Grandbabys. When I saw the machine after Grant worked his magic, I was just blown away. I had wanted to get it in shape to sew on, and got back a machine that looks like new. Now I can understand why my Mom never wanted to trade it in. Thank you Grant!

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    How do you pick out a Dremel?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I am such a happy girl. In the past month I have brought home 3 new machines.

    I got a Necchi BU Nova. It is in an ok cabinet, the veneer on the top needs to be replaced. It turns freely. The cords need replacing before I plug it in. The paint is awful. $20

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    When I was looking at the BU, the seller pulled out a second machine to show me. I believe it is a 15 Clone. It already has a name, Hodor. It has the coolest pop-out light. It is in wonderful condition, for having been thrown out of an attic. The case is in pieces on my floor. Again, this one turns freely as well. But, it almost seems like there is a flat spot. Gonna have to take it apart. $20

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    And then! Julia followed me home!! She's wonderful! We have already pieced a quilt top together! A friend of mine did the refurb and went to the process of gathering all the accessories that would have originally come with it. $150.

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    You would think I would be satisfied!
    I think I need the 12 step program...
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    Love the Julia...is it whisper quiet? They love to eat oil because the tolerances are so precise.

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