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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    Well, I had a thorough look at my Necchi Supernova Automatica machine last night and it's the first machine I've ever owned that was as dirty as a barbecue! The other machines I've come to own have seemed more clean and dry, even if they are dirty in areas and have packed in lint etc. This one is like a grease pit!! All the lint and dirt is stuck on with this brown grease.
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    Am I attempting to get all the parts back to 'shiny and new' or just 'serviceable'? ....and what should I be using to remove it? ...

    I hope someone out there will be patient enough to explain this stuff to me.
    So, forgive me for re-quoting my own post, but with the discussion about Kroil and Tri-flow, I'm wondering if I should be using Kroil to sort of 'de-gunge' and then Tri-flow to re-lubricate. Am I reading that correctly? I'm about to go shopping to an Auto Parts store so can pick up anything I need from there. I'd love t see if the machine actually would work once it was clean!!

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    use the T-F where ever you can and use Kroil where you have to.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Grant,

    That's good to know. So it does have a shelf life. I guess I shouldn't lay in a life time supply of it then.

    Joe
    I bet that only applies to the dry lube formula. Or to the aerosol propellant in the can. Something that could settle, evaporate, or clog the nozzle. Personally, as long as I could get it to come out of the can or bottle I would be using it. Teflon (PTFE) is inert. Mineral oil should have much longer than 3 years shelf life. I suppose there might be something in the oil carrier that possibly can go a little acidic or something. Bu I kind of doubt that this is anything more than a "freshness date issue." Unfortunately, I don't have time to go do a lot of Googleing tonight.

    okay eta: Some PTFE lubes have corrosion inhibitors and possible those weaken w/age. But I think it would take much more than 3 years for significant change. The bigger issue seems to be that a petroleum-base carrier for the PTFE can go gummy. That is my take on it from reading a weapons lube FAQ here: http://www.mil-comm.com/index.php?op...d=29&Itemid=43
    Question: What’s the shelf-life of your weapon lubricants?

    ANSWER: TW25B (and its derivatives) have earned a unique “No Known Shelf-Life” qualification from the U.S. Department of Defense (Defense Logistics Agency “DLA”). It contains NO petroleum ingredients which are what ages in a lubricant and results in it eventually turning into a gummy, tacky, problematic coating.
    Personally, I don't think either one is a real serious issue for a sewing machine. Unless it's just sitting on display, it's getting use and all the joints are going to be doing a lot of moving and also people will oil their machines as they use them. I have never read any anecdotes of TriFlow corroded / plugged up my machine, and I've been cleaning up old machines since 1998.

    But I am open to other opinions.
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    Quick question for folks... Is there a prohibition against posting a "want list" thread?

    For example, there are some items that I am always on the hunt for, If we could post a thread where folks could list what they are seeking (NOT what they have available, because that becomes a "sales thing" ) we could do some connecting.

    The good old "Oh, You are looking for X? I have 11 of them.. want a couple? PM Me" could happen more often.

    Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Quick question for folks... Is there a prohibition against posting a "want list" thread?

    For example, there are some items that I am always on the hunt for, If we could post a thread where folks could list what they are seeking (NOT what they have available, because that becomes a "sales thing" ) we could do some connecting.

    The good old "Oh, You are looking for X? I have 11 of them.. want a couple? PM Me" could happen more often.

    Thoughts?
    I don't see why we couldn't have one in the Vintage section ... the "main" QB section has an "In Search of" forum where folks list fabrics they are looking for. Often times the found fabric morphs into a sale or a trade.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    OK I am in a bind. Fixing a machine and can't afford to get some briwax to prevent rusting on the plated parts. However, I did read that 2-3 coats of clear finger nail polish will prevent rust on metal surfaces? Would this be safe or work? Anyone tried it?

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    I use Kit automotive wax. Or a light coat of oil will do it. Nail polish is a lacquer, you need to be very careful where you put it. I can damage other paint and decals too.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I use Kit automotive wax. Or a light coat of oil will do it. Nail polish is a lacquer, you need to be very careful where you put it. I can damage other paint and decals too.

    Joe
    I wasn't going to put it on any painted parts or decals. Just the nickel plated parts.

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    I am just going to use turtle wax since i already have some.

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    I have come across some strange odds and ends that end up with sewing machines from time to time. Some of them I have no idea what they are for. I found a scraper in with a vintage Pfaff a while back and kept it thinking that it didn't go with the sewing machine. The other day I was looking through an attachment box for another vintage Pfaff and found the same scraper. It could be just by chance, but I am thinking that it is not. Can anyone tell me what this tool is for sure and what do you do with it?
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    If the edge is sharp, it's probably a buttonhole cutter/chisel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by path49 View Post
    If the edge is sharp, it's probably a buttonhole cutter/chisel.
    Yes, it is sharp and the blades are changeable. THAT makes sense to me now. Thank you.
    ~G~

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    My Alden's Magic ZZ came with a wooden handled tool with 3 or 4 sharp blades. In the owners manual it has instructions on how to use it for cutting button holes.

    Pretty neat stuff these machines come with.

    Joe

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    Feldman sewing machine

    Does anyone know anything about a Feldman sewing machine?
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    I found one on an auction...
    http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8004855
    The machine can't be older than the company:
    http://businessprofiles.com/details/...s-inc/NY-11393
    They also made hat stretchers:
    http://www.americanheritage.com/content/stretcher-hat
    Makes me sort of wonder if that machine was for sewing hat bands -
    sews near the edge sort of like a free arm with harp space.
    Glenn you could have a whole new career...
    It looks like Feldman has changed what they do over the years...
    Last edited by miriam; 05-12-2013 at 01:32 AM.
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    The Feldman is a nice machine...I'm jealous!!

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    Dan do you know anything about this machine? Like where can I get a manual.
    Skip
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    Here's a new "old" one for ya'll. Picked up an Amica Nelco Maxi 3500 at Goodwill yesterday for $6.50. It is missing a slide plate and the top to the case. Weird machine! The feed dog assembly moves instead of the needle bar!

    So far I have figured out it is a late 60's Italian model made by Vigorelli. All metal gear changes and the unique feed dog system were the reasons for the purchase. At home, the top came off and I discovered a very strange belt that looks like canvas and metal links! Anyone know anything about this unusual critter? I don't have a single bobbin to fit it.
    Annette

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    Here's a new "old" one for ya'll. Picked up an Amica Nelco Maxi 3500 at Goodwill yesterday for $6.50. It is missing a slide plate and the top to the case. Weird machine! The feed dog assembly moves instead of the needle bar!

    So far I have figured out it is a late 60's Italian model made by Vigorelli. All metal gear changes and the unique feed dog system were the reasons for the purchase. At home, the top came off and I discovered a very strange belt that looks like canvas and metal links! Anyone know anything about this unusual critter? I don't have a single bobbin to fit it.
    sounds like Riccar - sort of - well at least that belt does.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Where is Nancy???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    Probably taking care of her father-in-law.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

    Trish

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    Here is a pic of my newest. I did find a Husqvarna-Viking bobbin in my stash-o-stuff that works. Strong, STRONG machine. Now if only I could find a manual...Name:  AmicaNelco3500.jpg
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    Annette

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Then on the way home this evening my car got rear ended. We are ok but ache.
    Geeze Miriam! I hope you all are ok! How bad is the car?

    Tonight is the first time I have had time to check in for a few days . . . . a couple weeks? Anyway, I will pop in when I can!

    Nancy
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I sent my Featherweight off to Arkansas this morning. She'll be coming home in a lovely shade of dark purple. I'll post pictures when she comes home.
    Sharon
    Sharon I am JEALOUS!

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    Davis Vertical feed

    Went to Jennb's place last week and saw her "herd". What a bunch of nice machines she has, and when she gets her sewing studio set up, it will be awesome!!! I think I liked her Pfaff about the best or maybe one of her Jones.
    I've been begging for one of her Davis Vertical Feed machines for about 80 months and she sold it to me last week. It is a bit of a do it yourself project, but that's what I like best. I actually have the machine sewing now and the mechanics are clean for the most part. Now to do the detail work on the machine.
    The cabinet is going to be a major challenge. I've been gluing separated cabinet pieces for a week. The top is missing the veneer completely. I've picked Skip's brain, poor guy, and am getting there. Got the irons back together, and have two headless bushings left over. Cannot figure where they go. Hopefully on the cabinet somewhere. lol here is the puzzle when I unloaded her last week. Skip says she is about a 1917 machine. I know she bites, because I ran her rusty needle through my index finger(missed the nail). That's a first for me, so now I've been exposed to antique sewing machine disease really good. Also got a tetanus shot, just to be safe. Will post more when I get her all done.
    Thanks Jennb!! One more off my "want" list that I have.

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