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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    Dan,

    I've got a twin to this machine - also missing the front slide plate. Do you think we could find two slide plates?
    You can make a plate out of clear plastic until you find a plate. Which reminds me that I have a machine that needs that done. This is the machine that needs the clear plastic plates on my machine, or I should say Cathy's since I'm the new steward until Cathy wishes it back.

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    Dan,

    I am green with envy. It is beautiful.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Singer VS2

    This one should clean up well but it's going to be a pain finding the front slide plate!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Hi Monica,

    The Empress is yours. I won't be taking it away from you. Besides I have two more that are identical, but with different brand names.

    Cathy


    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    You can make a plate out of clear plastic until you find a plate. Which reminds me that I have a machine that needs that done. This is the machine that needs the clear plastic plates on my machine, or I should say Cathy's since I'm the new steward until Cathy wishes it back.

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    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Question for those folks that have painted their silvered decals. What type of paint did you used? I have this Eldredge which I now wish to restore the machine to its former beauty. The lady works thanks to Cathy giving me a tension spring, but the poor machine needs more restoration. She's vain and yearning for her makeup. I swear these machines talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Hi Monica,

    The Empress is yours. I won't be taking it away from you. Besides I have two more that are identical, but with different brand names.

    Cathy
    Thank you. I always think of it as yours, just stored on my shelf looking pretty.

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    Dan,

    I have a spare 27 front slide plate, you could recontour the front edge to match. It won't be perfect but it will work.

    To make a clear slide plate use a CD cover and carefully cut away what you don't need. Make it just a hair wider on all sides then carefully sand it to fit with 600 or finer sand paper. I made one for my Minnesota B and it works pretty good.

    Joe

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    Miriam, that is a very cute little Minnesota D!

    Dan, I also have a twin to your VS2 with the Rose and Cornflower or sometimes called Painted Roses decals! The decals on mine are not as complete as yours though.

    Monica, your Empress is really cute! It would be fun to redo the decals!

    Nancy

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    Has anyone tried a different slide plate on a Minnesota? My Minnesota H needs the front slide plate and I am thinking a slide from a 27/127 might work? They sure look similar. Finding an actual Minnesota slide plate is not working, I have looked for a long time. The problem is my 127 is up on a very high shelf, and I can't get to it to get the slide off to go try it on my Minnesota!

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    If the Minnesota H slide plate are the same as the Minnesota B the answer is no. I tried that 27 slide plate I have and it didn't fit.

    Jon sent me a stamped metal one that used to be an under braider or something for mine. Works great.

    Joe

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    Well someone wanted to hand crank this Japanese 15, but I guess then decided it wasn't worth it! Anyone want a Japanese 15 HC? This is funny - a Japanese 15 with a Chinese HC added! http://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/3706034162.html You know, I might have to consider getting this myself!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Has anyone tried a different slide plate on a Minnesota? My Minnesota H needs the front slide plate and I am thinking a slide from a 27/127 might work? They sure look similar. Finding an actual Minnesota slide plate is not working, I have looked for a long time. The problem is my 127 is up on a very high shelf, and I can't get to it to get the slide off to go try it on my Minnesota!

    Nancy
    Nancy, I took a quick picture of the slideplates on a machine like the Empress and a 128. Not even close. The slideplate on my Windsor B. (a badged Empress) was made by someone and they even beveled the edges so they are tapered and fit in there well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Nancy,

    If the Minnesota H slide plate are the same as the Minnesota B the answer is no. I tried that 27 slide plate I have and it didn't fit.

    Jon sent me a stamped metal one that used to be an under braider or something for mine. Works great.

    Joe
    Thank you Joe! Jon, do you know of a source for the Minnesota H slide plate? I hate it when one of my machines is not complete! I don't seem to be able to part out a machine - instead I will always try to restore them, even when it is not practical!

    Nancy
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    Dano and Mom3, I think we have triplets as I have one also but the slide plates are both there and it sews beautifully. I refurbished it and the cabinet and my DH painted the irons. It sits proudly where it can be seen by all who enter my home and always gets exclamations of its beauty. Aren't we lucky?
    Donna
    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    Singer VS2

    This one should clean up well but it's going to be a pain finding the front slide plate!

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    Thanks to the google search, I was able to find Glenn's excellent tutorial on repairing and painting the Japan and shellac. http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t193635.html

    Glenn, What brand of aniline dye stain do you use? and What brand of Gold paint did you use for that Franklin? I want to repaint my gold on the silvered decals of my Eldredge. Thanks!

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    Hi Vintagemotif,
    I used alcohol soluble aniline dye in black from http://leevalley.com/ but you can order it from any woodworkers cat.(no specific brand) The gold paint is testors in high gloss that you can find in any hobby store. I used a small artist brush to paint the decals. You may need to thin paint out a bit to make it flow easy just don't make it to thin so it runs.
    You may want to get a light brown for the shading if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Hi Vintagemotif,
    I used alcohol soluble aniline dye in black from http://leevalley.com/ but you can order it from any woodworkers cat.(no specific brand) The gold paint is testors in high gloss that you can find in any hobby store. I used a small artist brush to paint the decals. You may need to thin paint out a bit to make it flow easy just don't make it to thin so it runs.
    You may want to get a light brown for the shading if needed.
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    OMG! Shading! Eeks. I didn't think of that. I need to find photo of machine with decals still intact.
    The paint is thinned with what? IF needed.

    Thanks!!! Big Bear HUG!

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    I think a little turps is all you need to thin and you can get in small bottles at the same place you get the paint. No need to buy a big can of thinner it just takes a very small amount. After mixing the dye with the alcohol use shellac as the binder to make a black paint so to speak so you can apply it. If you have any questions during the process just ask away. I am glad to help anytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I think a little turps is all you need to thin and you can get in small bottles at the same place you get the paint. No need to buy a big can of thinner it just takes a very small amount. After mixing the dye with the alcohol use shellac as the binder to make a black paint so to speak so you can apply it. If you have any questions during the process just ask away. I am glad to help anytime.
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    Thanks!!!!The weather is great for working outdoors now; so, this project is ideal to work on now. This has been on my to do list. At first, I didn't want to deal with the decals, but I'll be brave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Thanks!!!!The weather is great for working outdoors now; so, this project is ideal to work on now. This has been on my to do list. At first, I didn't want to deal with the decals, but I'll be brave.
    Go slow and with a steady hand. Have fun with it and you will like the results. I like working outdoors and the light is always good. Besides being cleaner air it is just fun to work outside with no fumes.
    Glenn W. Cleveland

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Thanks!!!!The weather is great for working outdoors now; so, this project is ideal to work on now. This has been on my to do list. At first, I didn't want to deal with the decals, but I'll be brave.
    Just go slow with a steady hand. It is much more fun to work outside and light is always good. Have fun with the painting.
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    Sorry for the double post did not think the first one went thru
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Dano and Mom3, I think we have triplets as I have one also but the slide plates are both there and it sews beautifully. I refurbished it and the cabinet and my DH painted the irons. It sits proudly where it can be seen by all who enter my home and always gets exclamations of its beauty. Aren't we lucky?
    Donna
    It would be sweet if Steve could copy your front slide plate and make replacements for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom3 View Post
    It would be sweet if Steve could copy your front slide plate and make replacements for us.
    That could be a cottage industry making those slideplates. Someone could make a small fortune given how many of them are missing. ... WORLDWIDE!!!
    Just saying ...
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    That could be a cottage industry making those slideplates. Someone could make a small fortune given how many of them are missing. ... WORLDWIDE!!!
    Just saying ...
    ~G~
    I think you are right.
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    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    I would be first in line for the side plate...but I'll get one eventually.

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