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

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    Charlee, love your Redeyes!

    What is wrong with this photo? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/art/3844683036.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Charlee, love your Redeyes!

    What is wrong with this photo? http://sacramento.craigslist.org/art/3844683036.html

    Nancy
    The poor amputee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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!

    Nancy
    Nancy, Thank you. Mostly it was just dirt, oil, and grease. I'm not stringing you along. I don't want to point out the flaws, but if you look at the After pictures and find a flaw and go back to the Before pic, you can see that it is the same machine. On this particular machine I just wanted the cabinet so I got it. It came with a free machine. A very dirty free machine. I guess I just have a soft spot for the misfit toys.
    Interesting side story on this machine and cabinet. When I picked it up it was missing the Drawer on the cabinet. It was missing the Slideplate, Bobbin Case, and a Bobbin too. I have spares for the machine parts but was going to have to call in a favor to have a drawer made. A few days after I picked it up I got an e-mail from the seller. She found the Drawer. I picked it up and the slideplate, Bobbin Case and Bobbin were in the drawer. Nice. I am so glad that she didn't just toss it all out. A lot of people would have.
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    Quick question - has anyone ever used WD-40 Rust Remover Soak? The bobbin winder on my new Free No.5 is nasty looking and I don't know how to get the rust off. Don't want to damage it as I am new to this.
    Like the moon, and the stars, and the sun - yeah we all shine on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeegirl View Post
    Quick question - has anyone ever used WD-40 Rust Remover Soak? The bobbin winder on my new Free No.5 is nasty looking and I don't know how to get the rust off. Don't want to damage it as I am new to this.
    I've not used the WD-40 product. What I do use is Evapo-Rust. Good stuff, works and doesn't hurt the base metal. Not too expensive and said to be environmentally friendly.

    I suspect as long as you follow the instructions and can remove the rusted parts from the painted parts the WD-40 stuff should work just fine.


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    Evaporust

    or

    Vinegar bath with salt added.

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    Thanks guys - heading over to Home Depot to see what I can find for my refurbishing project. Will let you know how I do.
    Like the moon, and the stars, and the sun - yeah we all shine on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    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
    Oh Nancy I would love to have seen those clocks and tools as you know I collect antique clocks and have about 50 or 60 of them most are from the 1850. I know it was hard to part with them. I don't know what I would do if I woke up and found my old sewing machines and clocks gone. It is funny how we become attached to these things. I am sure I would think I was in heaven. I know you and your DH are going thru a tough time. Anyway may you happy days to come.
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    With gas at $4.25 a gallon it is unlikely that I would drive clear over there but this looks like a cool machine. I've never seen one like it. http://dayton.craigslist.org/for/3865609937.html of course it needs a lot of lovin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    With gas at $4.25 a gallon it is unlikely that I would drive clear over there but this looks like a cool machine. I've never seen one like it. http://dayton.craigslist.org/for/3865609937.html of course it needs a lot of lovin'
    I just saw one of these on the Portland Oregon CL! Tried to find it to show you, but it must have sold already...I almost called on it, but that's a 3 hour drive for me, and probably not a real good idea right now with the two I just got!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    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
    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Been busy tearing apart sewing room for remake. I looked at my machine and it has the big clamp at the top of pressure foot. Never thought of wrapping it with the leather to use pliers on it. Will try that.. Also did not know about the Tri-Flow oil. thanks for all the help. Will keep you posted. Gragra

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    So...I couldn't stand it anymore and got the electrical tape out and taped up the breaks in the power cords for the 206K. The spousal unit had to "check my work", and I got a "that'll do for a test run, I'll get the new cords tomorrow" (he'd been ignoring this one because he wasn't happy that I brought it home.)

    She *is* a little noisy, but not enough so to discourage me from using her...makes lovely stitches, and runs like a race car....fast! (or slow, but this girl can "pick em up and put em down"!!)

    All in all...I'm pleased!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    So...I couldn't stand it anymore and got the electrical tape out and taped up the breaks in the power cords for the 206K. The spousal unit had to "check my work", and I got a "that'll do for a test run, I'll get the new cords tomorrow" (he'd been ignoring this one because he wasn't happy that I brought it home.)

    She *is* a little noisy, but not enough so to discourage me from using her...makes lovely stitches, and runs like a race car....fast! (or slow, but this girl can "pick em up and put em down"!!)

    All in all...I'm pleased!
    I knew you would be pleased. I a black got one in a nice home made looking cabinet - the drawers were full. I love getting drawers with junk. I think it would treadle nice but it does have a cool well made cabinet. I got one of it's needles mixed up and into another machine - eeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww................... I thought the timing was out...
    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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    I love it when the drawers are full too! It's fun to sort through that stuff and see what's there!!
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    We could start a drawers picture gallery or something but it would get buried in people liking it or get lost because nobody posts on it.
    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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    I would think it'd be ok to post the drawer goodies in the machine photos thread...
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Nancy I agree with you. I have taken care of several estates. I joke with the kids every time I bring something home. I tell them that I want to be sure they can have a good sale when the time comes. Now with my new interest in treadles they are getting nervous. My husband already collects antique cartridges and has quite a collection.

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    Sarah is sewing again. She's a 1941 15 and my favorite machine because she sings. Weird, but I'm sensitive to sound, Sarah makes the music of the machine.

    Anway, she was making a weird whirring sound when starting. Maybe the motor was going. So today I removed the motor and noticed the pulley looked, well, broken. Rita, a 1923 Redeye, donated her pulley and we are back in business.
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    Video for how to make a decorative but simple pieced sewing machine cover of fabric, for any machine, based on machine's measurements:
    http://youtu.be/3ALwwH_F1FU

    Not to insult anyone, but this one is suitable for beginners imo.

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    Been a long long time since I roamed these rooms...How is everyone? I'm wondering if a Bernina 801 is old enough to put on here as at least vintage? I know nothing about them, except Bernina is a big name in machines and this one I picked up at good will with the book, the table top, one bobbin, in this really nice plastic case. Has 8 different stitches and all work! Sewed a little rough until I took it apart and found "cotton candy" as the DGD called it! Cleaned it out and oiled it up and after a minor operator error had it running very well. It cost me a whole $10 "as is"!! I'm super pumped about it!! Hope it was/is old enough to brag about on this forum!! LOL!
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


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    A Bernina for $10? You did great and I think of that machine as being vintage. Great Score! Enjoy her.

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    I love the Bernina's...I have two 801's, one grey and the other red...nice machine.

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    Just had to share this with y'all. My friend went to a yard sale over the weekend and picked up THREE vintage machines of dubious appearance for $2! Can't wait to see what they are and how badly they need TLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    Just had to share this with y'all. My friend went to a yard sale over the weekend and picked up THREE vintage machines of dubious appearance for $2! Can't wait to see what they are and how badly they need TLC.
    shoot some pics.
    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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    Will be sure to take pictures when I get to see those machines! From what she said, they may be in pretty sad shape, but who knows, they might be salvageable. I've seen pictures on here of some I never dreamed would be fixable.

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