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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:11 AM
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    Ok for you Rocketeer folks, are any of you having trouble with the cams wearing out? I use my 503a Rocketeer all the time for decorative stitches on my little Patchabilities. I use mostly the #8 cam, which is now slipping and messing up sometimes. I did some research and the only thing people complained about with those machines were the cams. The people who bought them loved the machines because they are all metal, well-made machines, but couldn't understand why Singer made such a nice machine then used plastic to make the cams. The cams wear out! Has anyone tried filing off the rough edges on those cams to see if they will have more life. Now I am a little concerned about getting a 319W -it uses cams too. The top hat cams are easy to find, not sure about the flat cams of the 319w?

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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:24 AM
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    What a beautiful job of restoring that Ruby. I know mine is in bad shape but I may be able to gently clean the decals on the upper parts and repaint the bed. The cabinet will need some work, there are strip underneath of 3/16th wood that has come off.

    When I googled New Home Ruby Sewing Machine, the www.millmuseum.org came up. They have several plus a whole catalog to look at.

    I hope to teach my GD to sew on the Ruby. She is an artist so maybe can get her away from Anime for awhile. Wish me luck.
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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:31 AM
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    [quote=kwendt]
    Originally Posted by quilt addict
    Here are my two latest purchases.

    Hi quilt addict. WHAT a FIND! That handcrank is a handmade, German Hengstenberg machine!

    Information and picture of badge found on Alex Askaroff/sewalot website. Check out this page: http://www.sewalot.com/hengstenberg_machine_history.htm
    Kwendt thank you for the identification. I had not had a chance to search for the badge but you described it perfectly. Yes this will be the first machine I think that will get the immersion bath in kerosine. Not sure if I can get some of the parts on the bottom into the evaporust after that.

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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:31 AM
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    Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Hey gang how are you all doing!!

    I thought I would drop in and see how the shop was going since I have been going to the doctors and trying to stay out of trouble (which is really hard to do). I am happy to say that I am actually back to working on sewing machines and thanks to my Dad and my family I think I can be able to get back into the swing of things. I still can not get into the chemicals but I can take them apart and put them back together again it just takes me a whole lot longer but it is very therapeutic for me to say the least. And I can do the final polish so I have the last say so with quality control and that is the most important thing for me. But I am getting ready to clear out the studio and I am selling off parts of my collection to make room for more rare machines. And my Dad and a few friends are going to do the addition to the studio for me since I can not really do much of anything but tinker around. I can not wait to see what it will look like, I will have a 1940's Singer Store in my back yard!!

    Anyway I am going to try and to catch up on the post a bit before I have to hit the bed. Seems I sleep more than I am awake now......


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    Yipppppppppeeeeeeeeeeee! I am so Glad you are better!

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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:33 AM
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    Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Originally Posted by Charlee
    I got one for free today...not sure of the age, it's an industrial Brother...tan...actually has a zigzag, which surprised me! Can't wait to have William help me move it so I can play with it a bit!! The thing is HUGE, so am not sure where I'll be able to put it, but I'll figure out something!! ;)
    Charlee are you going to post a picture of the Brother?

    Nancy
    As soon as I can get William to help me bring it home, yes! :) He's resisting...which is futile, when it comes to sewing machines of ANY sort, he should know by now that I'm a borg!! :lol: "Resistance is futile...."
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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:35 AM
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    [quote=BoJanglesLisa, love the HC and the Davis, but just a warning those Davis decals come off really easily - so be careful when you clean her!

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    Nancy thank for the warning. I have one other Davis that I started with but still do not have running. I learned the hard way how easily their decals disappear. So now I will have two Davis heads to go in that treadle cabinet.

    I really want all those pretty flowers to show again.
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    Old 10-28-2011, 06:55 AM
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    [quote=quilt addict]
    Originally Posted by BoJanglesLisa, love the HC and the Davis, but just a warning those Davis decals come off really easily - so be careful when you clean her!

    Nancy[/quote

    Nancy thank for the warning. I have one other Davis that I started with but still do not have running. I learned the hard way how easily their decals disappear. So now I will have two Davis heads to go in that treadle cabinet.

    I really want all those pretty flowers to show again.
    I found the paint on my Davis to be rather....I don't know that "fragile" is the word I'm looking for, but for lack of a better word, I'll use it. I didn't lose any decals, but every time I cleaned, more black rubbed off. I finally decided that it was paint instead of dirt and quit trying to clean it ALL off! :lol: When I waxed it, I used a caranuba car wax, and in the places where the wax was a little thicker and didn't dry as fast, the black paint turned GREEN!! OMG! I was beside myself and almost in tears to have those green streaks in my beautiful black machine...but as they dried and "cured" it turned black again...

    I think the black is more "sensitive" than are the decals...but if the black UNDER the decals loosens, the decals come off with it...
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    Old 10-28-2011, 07:44 AM
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    Originally Posted by Charlee
    Originally Posted by jljack
    Originally Posted by Charlee
    YAY!! I'm so glad she got here!! I have no doubt that you will work wondrous magic on her!

    And....just totally uncalled for on my part...but I'm EXTREMELY jealous of those attachments!! :lol: ;)
    They kinda make up for the horrible mess she's in, don't ya think? :wink:
    Yep!! Sure you don't want to just part out the machine and send me the attachments?? ;) :lol:
    And guess what's in that box??? A RUFFLER!!! I am JAZZED!!!
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    Old 10-28-2011, 07:52 AM
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    Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Janice - getting caught up here this morning! Steven Tyler is an awesome machine! Once that grunge is he is going to be a Rock Star in the vintage sewing machine world! :thumbup:
    Well, unfortunately DH is not fond of the "Steven Tyler" name, so I have to decide on another.

    I looked at the finish under bright light last night, and it really looks like someone tried to paint it. Or the original japan "melted"?? Is that possible? I can see the decals (kind of) sort of "under" a dark covering....like paint didn't stick to the decals. I don't know. Very hard to figure it out. Anyone seen anything like this before?
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    Old 10-28-2011, 07:57 AM
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    Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    Originally Posted by grannysewer
    Ok, Ya'll have to tell me I didn't do a dumb thing. I bought a storage unit with sewing machines and parts in it. So far I've brought home 12 machnes. All need attention of some kind. Even one hand crank, 2 redeyes and some MW and an Elna. There's alot of plastic ones that may or may not be worth saving. But the really cool thing is the parts. This person was planning to open a repair shop, but died before he could do it. I just hope I haven't bitten off too big a bite.
    So...When is the grand opening of your new repair shop?! :D
    Wow....what a treasure trove you found!! That should keep you busy and out of trouble for a while!! :-)
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