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

Old 01-07-2016, 06:14 AM
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At least they didn't drill through them to make a lamp.
The finish is only original once. Any repaint-even back to original appearance-affects the value in a negative way to collectors.
There are some exceptions. A badly rusted machine with no or very little original finish is one. In that case removing the rust and giving it a new finish will extend the life of the machine. The problem is there are people who are repainting good machines just because they can.
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Old 01-07-2016, 08:33 AM
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Yeah, it is the garish modern looking super shiny, hard to ever undo finish that irks me the most....
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Old 01-14-2016, 07:15 PM
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Hi all. I'm just going to quote myself, as I excitedly told the story about this machine on Facebook:
Only a 99K, but given to me by the original owner (who bought it new when she was 15). She had oiled regularly but never had it cleaned, so it was filled up with dust bunnies and solid oil-lint paste. Took quite a while to get rid of it all, but she's now working like it's 1937 again. Does a really nice buttonhole.
It came with the original accessory box, which was missing a few bits and needed a little attention (clips bent slightly so they work again), and the bentwood cover in excellent condition. I'm calling her Dot after her original owner, a tailoress, who sewed uniforms for the army and navy in England during WW2.
She chewed my ear off for an hour, but it was a very pleasant one. Her relatives say she spends too much time talking about the past. She's nearly 94, has gone through WW2, husband has died, still does all her own cooking, cleaning and sewing (just on
a lighter machine now because, well, she's 94!). She's earned the right to spend as long talking about her interesting life as she pleases. Wish she weren't moving interstate, or I'd love to visit her every week.

These are before and after.
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:18 PM
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Very nice Mike!

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Old 01-15-2016, 06:46 AM
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Nothing "only" about her, Mike. She's a beauty!
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:15 AM
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Fantastic machine and History! That's a keeper!!!
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:48 AM
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Isn't it nice to have an older machine that has an interesting story with it. Bet she can tell you some stories about the uniforms she what worked on and for who. Enjoy your machine she is a beauty.
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Old 01-15-2016, 05:02 PM
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Looks great, lucky you.
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:06 PM
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99s are one of my favorites. Great machine!
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:34 AM
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this thread is being closed because it contains more posts about personal trials and tribulations than advice about Vintage Machines. If you want to share your personal stories, please post them in PDA just as the other members do. It is very difficult for those looking for machine advice to wade through the personal stuff. And there are too many copyright pictures posted here. If you find a picture on another site that you want to discuss, use a link to it. I would suggest that you start a new thread about help with vintage machines and keep it on topic so that our members and visitors can find the information they are seeking.
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