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    ~grin~ That's a good one too Joe!
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    I would fix it by throwing a pretty embroidered cloth over it!!
    I bought a beautiful mantle from a salvage place for my last house. Before the carpenter got it installed, they managed to knock it over and take a couple of bad chunks out of the edge. He did a beautiful job of fixing it with filler and stain. I was amazed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Joe, I think I'm going to have to replace that wood...the whole top. I'll try a filler and see if I can make it look decent, but I'm already thinking that I will probably have to have it replaced. You can see the one chunk of veneer missing under the handwheel, and there's another larger one on the inside of the lid. The base of the cabinet is in great shape...it's got the embossed #24 cabinet...
    Miz Johnny

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    I have a "new" to me Treadle made by the Whayne Manufacturing company in Louisville Kty. I know it needs cleaned up and a belt. Could someone please point me in the right direction for more information. I don't think much is wrong, the treadle still rocks and the wheel turns.

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    Charlee,
    A great dane visited and chewed on your cabinet? hahaha
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    Billy, Am so hoping you can help me. I bought a New Royal treadle sewing machine about six weeks ago. It was in pretty bad shape. Was completely rusted fast. I now have everything loose and moving except I cannot remove the presser foot. I have the little booklet that came with it but it does not tell me how to remove the presser foot. Have tried WD40, rustbuster, and hairdryer after eadch one. aAm afraid to try to turn anything for fear of breaking something because I don't know what to turn. LOL. Perhaps you can help me. Thank you so much for your time. Sandy better know as Gragra. You can email me at [email protected].

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    Charlie, just tell everyone "That is the machine I cut my teeth on"
    The other thing I thought of is to make a triangle shaped pincushion that fits over it until you decide what route you want to go on it.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblown View Post
    Treadlep, Thank you so much Audie is indeed a 99-23 or 24!!! found the manual online and checked the tension page, it was exactly right... when the new springs get here I will put it together correctly. What a relief. Since he came without any kind of box or wood around him I don't know 23 or 24 but than wont matter to me.

    ~Karen
    You are welcome---I knew it wasn't a 99-13 because there is no reverse lever on the 13, and yours very clearly showed the white lever in the picture. I don't think the 13s were made as late as the 1940s either. And I'm glad to hear you like the crinkle finish; I think I got confused with everyone offering their crinkle opinions! I went through the whole research process two years ago when I bought my 99-23/24 at our local Goodwill because at first I wasn't sure what I had---I didn't know much about the vintage machines but had been looking for a crinkle and this one worked. The wiring on the plug of mine is exposed and scary looking, so my husband and I are in the process of creating a treadle table for it---I cannibalized an old singer table with a crappy worn out top and am using the treadle irons for the new top with a 3/4 sized opening. We separated the wires for the light from the foot control and electrical plug and replaced the plug so the light can still be used while treadling. When I got the 99, I did not even know there were different sized Singers. I've learned a lot from this thread/board.

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    gragra,

    I don't think Billy is here any more. At least I haven't seen him post in a very long time.

    A couple pics would help us with our on-line diagnosis.

    There are maybe three or four methods to remove presser feet, and most of them use a thumb screw either from the left side or the rear. Always turn the screws counter clockwise to loosen them.
    However the machines that use the top clamp feet have a big nut on the presser foot shaft right above the foot. Turn that nut counter clockwise to loosen it. If needed wrap it in a piece of leather and gently encourage it with a pair of pliers.

    Also WD-40 is not a good penetrating oil or lubricant. You'd be better off with Tri-Flow oil. It really does what the others claim to do. Make sure you clean the WD-40 out of your machine and re-oil it with sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow. You'll be happy you did.
    Tri-Flow can be had at Sew-Classic { http://www.shop.sew-classic.com/ } and some bicycle shops.

    Joe

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    There is a ton of info about how to clean up and restore the old machines on here. Use the search feature at the top right of this page.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Charlie, just tell everyone "That is the machine I cut my teeth on"
    The other thing I thought of is to make a triangle shaped pincushion that fits over it until you decide what route you want to go on it.
    ~G~
    Never thought about the pincushion idea, but think I've pretty much decided that I will paint this one...hopefully I can do a good enough job with putty to at least mimic the shape of the corner...then at a later date when I have the needed tools to build a new top I can refinish it properly...but in the meantime the spousal unit will let it stay in the house!
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    Charlie you can patch the corner with putty. Use Minwax woodfiller it comes in a can like wax and with an hardner. Drive three for four finishing nails so the stick out to support the putty(like rebar) Make sure they will be hidden by the putty. Tape a fat piece of eood on the bottom of the top to support the putty will setting. Make sure the patch is larger than the top so you can carve the shape of the molding and sand the top even and the bottom. This stuff sands good and carves well. You can also use car bondo. I would the faux grain paint it. Paint the base coat a pale yellow, you will see the yellow in the wood that is good.Take a very dark oil base stain the color of the oak grain. Use a stiff brush to wipe the stain to mimic the grain. You can wipe it off with turps and start over as many times until you like the looks. Let dry overnight and top coat with shellac. This is actually fun to do.
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    I wondered when Skip was going to set us all straight!!!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Skip, I can see this working. I printed the instructions in case I come across something that needs this kind of work. Now I'll know what to use.

    Now I need some advice. How hard is it to replace little pieces of veneer? I've never done it and could do it on my Gritzner hand crank to make it look better. The pieces needed are about a finger wide and 1-2 inches long. Do I look for any certain color of wood veneer, or is it all the same and then needs to be stained? I have seen on TV someone putting it on and heating it with an iron to make it stick. As you can see, I really need some instructions on this.

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    I have seen some veneer that is pre-glued and ironed on for kitchen cabinets, then stained to match. Awaiting the expert's advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Charlie you can patch the corner with putty. Use Minwax woodfiller it comes in a can like wax and with an hardner. Drive three for four finishing nails so the stick out to support the putty(like rebar) Make sure they will be hidden by the putty. Tape a fat piece of eood on the bottom of the top to support the putty will setting. Make sure the patch is larger than the top so you can carve the shape of the molding and sand the top even and the bottom. This stuff sands good and carves well. You can also use car bondo. I would the faux grain paint it. Paint the base coat a pale yellow, you will see the yellow in the wood that is good.Take a very dark oil base stain the color of the oak grain. Use a stiff brush to wipe the stain to mimic the grain. You can wipe it off with turps and start over as many times until you like the looks. Let dry overnight and top coat with shellac. This is actually fun to do.
    Skip
    Skip, great information. I have started to pass up treadles because DH is tired of replacing the veneer on them. Well, there is also the issue of space. Knowing a bad corner can be fixed is wonderful.

    We just had an estate sale of the house my FIL lived in for 40 years - except the last 4 months that he was in assisted living. Now, I am cleaning out, hauling off, donating tons of stuff of our own because I don't want to do that to our kids! DH and I are burned out on Estate, yard, barn, garage sales right now. I am feeling quilty about all the sewing machines too, but I still want more - go figure! I tell you guys, it really opens your eyes to go through something like this. Dad had probably 100 beautiful clocks. He ended up a clock repair man after he retired as a plane mechanic. We had to sell, give away, get rid of so much stuff. His place was neat too, but after 40 years in the same place you can imagine the accumulation! I keep a very neat place, but we are going through closets, drawers, sheds, attics, cleaning out and clearing out! This really opens your eyes to what you accumulate that you don't need!

    Nancy
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    You can use iron on veneer. Make sure your veneer is the same wood as the piece to be patched if not it will stick out like a sore thumb. The trick is to cut the patch the same size as the area to be pastched. Don't buy veneer by color by it by the species of wood. If the cabinet is oak buy oak veneer if it is walnut get walnut veneer. You may have to use a stain to get a perfect match because the old wood is aged and finish as aged and will be darker than the new. LeeValley cat. is a good source for veneer(leevalley.com). I have used them for years.
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    Nancy I know what you and yours is going thru. We were the caregivers for Pats mother and grandmother and lived in our guest for ten years. Grandma lived to 103 and we had to go thru their stuff and the houses up north. Lots of stuff nice stuff but like you had to sell and give away or donate. I was very hard. We are still cleaning out our house of all the stuffs we think we need. I would love to have seen some of those clocks as you know I collect them to.
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    Now that we are on the 'getting rid of stuff' topic, I'm wondering if anyone has some back clamp attachments for the Singer 66 that they want to sell/give away/trade for top clamp attachments. I just got a 1922 Singer Red Eye sewing machine in a bentwood case on Saturday. I was thinking that it was short shank like all the rest, but it isn't. All I got with it is an extra bobbin. Thankfully I have a bunch of those I got for my 99's from sew-classic. It was a one owner, and the guy at the antique mall said that he'd fix up a little packet of info on the machine with the former owner's name and photo that I can keep with my machine. I have a machine with HISTORY that I will know about!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis View Post
    Now that we are on the 'getting rid of stuff' topic, I'm wondering if anyone has some back clamp attachments for the Singer 66 that they want to sell/give away/trade for top clamp attachments. I just got a 1922 Singer Red Eye sewing machine in a bentwood case on Saturday. I was thinking that it was short shank like all the rest, but it isn't. All I got with it is an extra bobbin. Thankfully I have a bunch of those I got for my 99's from sew-classic. It was a one owner, and the guy at the antique mall said that he'd fix up a little packet of info on the machine with the former owner's name and photo that I can keep with my machine. I have a machine with HISTORY that I will know about!!!
    Janis
    I have an extra ruffler for the back clamp if you want it?
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    Remember this one that I posted EONS ago? This was the Redeye and cabinet that someone gave to William at a yard sale...
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    Brought it back in the house today... This pic is "sans lid", because he had to use the "matchstick and glue" trick to get the screws to hold... not perfect, but this is the first one he's done for me! I did change out the 1924 Redeye for a 1916 Redeye... am a happy girl! Now to get the 15-30 cabinet started!
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    Charlee, those are beauiful Red Eyes!! Love the cabinet.

    Skip, I'd love to get a ruffler for my Red Eye. Thanks a lot. I'll PM you.
    Janis

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    Very Nice Charlee. I'm turning a little green over here.
    ~G~

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    Ten days ago I picked up an Italian built Singer 239 in a cabinet, only because I needed the cabinet. Well, ten days later I am done with both of them and thought that I would share a couple of the before and after pics of the machine. I posted them here, http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...t216857-9.html
    I have more on my FB page. The link is below.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Nancy I know what you and yours is going thru. We were the caregivers for Pats mother and grandmother and lived in our guest for ten years. Grandma lived to 103 and we had to go thru their stuff and the houses up north. Lots of stuff nice stuff but like you had to sell and give away or donate. I was very hard. We are still cleaning out our house of all the stuffs we think we need. I would love to have seen some of those clocks as you know I collect them to.
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    Skip, if you are ever out this way you can stop by here - we have about 10 of Dad's clocks. He had been collecting/repairing clocks for over 30 years so he had quite a collection. All of the clocks are antiques/vintage - some over 100 years old. All of them work. Between the siblings and grandkids lot of the clocks were kept, but there were probably 60 left that we had to get rid of - we just didn't have room for them all even though a lot of the clocks Dad had kept were rare, extremely valuable and very old. You would have been in heaven I am sure, plus he had some really rare old clock repair tools - tons of clock repairing tools! My FIL really wanted my DH to take up clock repair, but Rod was just never interested. I think that is a shame, as those old clocks are so charming - kind of like the old sewing machines!

    Nancy
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    Grant, I have seen your work over and over again and it always amazes me! What did you use on that Singer 239 to make it look like new? Are you just stringing us along and those are really two different machines! It is amazing to me that anyone could get a machine as gross looking as that 239 was to look as nice as you got it to look! I usually pass up a machine that looks like that one did, thinking it is a lost cause!

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