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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    This is what I used. Worked great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    However, looked at faceplate of machine and it is yellow also from tar & nicotine. How do I clean that up?
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    Emmah, The Goop is actually working. The stuff coming off is gross. Sorry to any smokers who read this. DH does have a point that it is going back to a smoking household but I hope to use the sewing machine this week to test drive it for her and want a clean machine even though I'm just using scraps . ~ Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Chrome polish (used for cars) works too.
    This is what I used. Worked great!
    Good to know. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Mornin' all. DH and I are headed out to pick up a Singer 66 in a bentwood case. Looks pretty good on CL, but he says needs new wire. But that's ok, because I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.
    Oh I'm so glad. :-D

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    Anyone in the Boston, Wellesley, MA area--there is a free Singer model 66 (1941) in a nice looking cabinet. Here is the listing: http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/zip/2487615132.html

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    [quote=Crossstitcher][quote=vintagemotif][quote=kwendt]
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    But naming the old machines after a celeb? that's a thought! Maybe I should name some of my old singer girls, "Francis Langford", "Betty Boop", Cyd Charisse and maybe "Bettie Page" or "Jessica Rabbit". lol!
    I have one named after Blaze Starr! My singer 201k is called Starr. I grew up in the Baltimore area and remember adults talking about Blaze Starr and the 2o'clock club down in the city when I was a kid.
    Well, after I found my machine, I decided to call it Starr, and then Blaze popped into my head...which led to me thinking of Blaze Starr. I read somewhere that she sewed her own clothes. I can picture her with a Singer!
    I remember my parents talking about Blaze Starr. B/C I lived in Md as a child. My parents knew Baltimore pretty well. Any way what I am getting at is a year or so ago they had Blaze Starr's FW on e bay. can't remember what it was sold for. They showed a picture of her machine and supposedly some of the costumes she had made with the FW.
    Another person my parents talked about was Gypsy Rose Lee
    and I think she made her own clothes when just starting out.
    OMG! I remember the adults talking about Gypsy Rose Lee too! I didn't know that she too sewed her own clothes.

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    Hi everyone, I am here to join your group, I have wanted a treadle for a long time and my sister bought me one for my birthday 2 yrs ago and she just brought her home to me. It is definitely a Singer treadle but I don't know alot about it since I can't seem to lift her out of the cabinet it has this weird corner on the top so it gets caught, the top has alittle damage but from what I have read probably something I can fix. The outside of the drawers look almost carved they are beautiful. The other odd thing is the fact that the treadle seems to close to the floor?? Anyway I will try to post a picture of her ASAP, and will need as much help as I can get to get her looking as good as the other girls on the board. I haven't named her yet since I don't know much about her but will when I get some info. Hoping all of you can help me bring out her beauty, I read somewhere on here not to clean the decals with soap and water but of course can't find the post anywhere. Will await your instructions. Thanks

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    Couple things... Picked up the treadle cabinet from my mom. Her dad was the sewing machine repair guy for years and years. Two years ago when settling out the estate, there were a ton of sewing machines in his basement, but I had a brand-new Pfaff and why would I need a 70yr old tank? Stupid me didn't realize 70yr old tanks sew circles around new machines!
    A few weeks ago, after finding this board, I ask my mom if she had any more of those machines. Enter Old Ironsides- a 1935 Singer 15-91. Who runs fabulous, btw. Thanks to this forum and mucho oil.
    So the treadle cabinet has been in my moms garage for the last two years and I picked it up and brought it home today. Old Ironsides fits great. The cabinet is in really good shape and I have already put the drawers to good use holding odds and ends.

    Now the other night I was doing a bit of sewing on O.I. and the bobbin threads are all squiggly. Any ideas as to why?

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    Oh and I forgot to add that I bought a darning foot from sew-classic and did a little FMQ and I gotta say that the 15-91 is much better at it than my 3 1/2yr old Pfaff Quilt Expression 2048. Which was busted by the "repairman" and that is a whole other post....

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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=Crossstitcher][quote=vintagemotif]
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    But naming the old machines after a celeb? that's a thought! Maybe I should name some of my old singer girls, "Francis Langford", "Betty Boop", Cyd Charisse and maybe "Bettie Page" or "Jessica Rabbit". lol!
    I have one named after Blaze Starr! My singer 201k is called Starr. I grew up in the Baltimore area and remember adults talking about Blaze Starr and the 2o'clock club down in the city when I was a kid.
    Well, after I found my machine, I decided to call it Starr, and then Blaze popped into my head...which led to me thinking of Blaze Starr. I read somewhere that she sewed her own clothes. I can picture her with a Singer!
    I remember my parents talking about Blaze Starr. B/C I lived in Md as a child. My parents knew Baltimore pretty well. Any way what I am getting at is a year or so ago they had Blaze Starr's FW on e bay. can't remember what it was sold for. They showed a picture of her machine and supposedly some of the costumes she had made with the FW.
    Another person my parents talked about was Gypsy Rose Lee
    and I think she made her own clothes when just starting out.
    OMG! I remember the adults talking about Gypsy Rose Lee too! I didn't know that she too sewed her own clothes.
    I didn't know she WORE clothes ;... I think she was more interested in taking them off <wave>

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    ... I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.
    Just in case he needs it.. here's a link to treadleon.net with instructions to make the bases!
    http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html

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    Lately I've been working on my machines using cardboard flats--they work really well at keeping table tops clean AND catching screws, etc. as they fall.

    I worked on my Kruse and Murphy HC a bit over the weekend, but couldn't quite figure out the needle and couldn't make it stitch. I could see the way the needle SHOULD go in, but the only way it fit was backwards. Of course, it wouldn't stitch properly, and kept breaking threads. Finally, someone asked if the needlebar might possibly be backwards. Darned if they weren't right. I haven't taken it apart and put it back together the RIGHT way, but will get around to it eventually, I guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    they have 13 screws in them and I'm dreading it if I loose one.
    Do all of your work over a nice thick towel. This way if you drop a screw it won't go anywhere. Good luck on your cleaning :-D
    I like the thick towel idea!!!! Brilliant!
    This one had an oil bath set up with dried up oil bath, dried up lines, dried up wicks - I've cleaned it once. Now is time to truly disassemble one section at a time and do again -maybe needs a microscope to find all the gunk. It only seems to take a small amount to really mess things over. The thread isn't going around the shuttle right. I think it is gunk. The timing is ok but it isn't going the whole trip. It could also be burrs.

    The tension spring is backwards - I have to figure out that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Great video, but does it bother anyone else that she left the needle down and switched stitches? It's always the little things that get us.
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Took pics of newly acquired Brother. I'm hoping they upload.
    It looks awesome! You mentioned that it might be able to be converted to treadle. I watched a YouTube video, the other day, with a Singer 319w converted to treadle. When I think of a treadle sewing machine I usually think of a black one but this SM is green and sort of "modern" looking. Check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7PVLI-LHDc

    She also has a second video showing the treadle part of the machine as she sews.
    :wink: :P :twisted: :shock: :-o
    I saw that, too :shock: but I think it was an accident because I was watching to see if she did it again and she didn't.
    No--she did it several times. I just keep wondering if she sews that way all the time!!

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    I sometimes just use the GoJo on the nickle parts, but if they're really bad, I soak in oxyclean for a little while and scrub with a soft toothbrush.
    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts
    I have a 15-91 that I'm cleaning up for SIL. Got it at an estate sale. I know it came from a smoker's house cuz I'm getting all kinds of yellow gunk off with the Goop cleaner. That's on the machine. However, looked at faceplate of machine and it is yellow also from tar & nicotine. How do I clean that up? Open to helpful suggestions - have checked Bily's cleaning tutes and didn't see where he covered this. Thinking Brasso or silver cleaner perhaps?? Looking for ideas, please.

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    If your treadle is sitting on carpet, it can make it very hard (or impossible) to treadle.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ariannaquilts
    Hi everyone, I am here to join your group, I have wanted a treadle for a long time and my sister bought me one for my birthday 2 yrs ago and she just brought her home to me. It is definitely a Singer treadle but I don't know alot about it since I can't seem to lift her out of the cabinet it has this weird corner on the top so it gets caught, the top has alittle damage but from what I have read probably something I can fix. The outside of the drawers look almost carved they are beautiful. The other odd thing is the fact that the treadle seems to close to the floor?? Anyway I will try to post a picture of her ASAP, and will need as much help as I can get to get her looking as good as the other girls on the board. I haven't named her yet since I don't know much about her but will when I get some info. Hoping all of you can help me bring out her beauty, I read somewhere on here not to clean the decals with soap and water but of course can't find the post anywhere. Will await your instructions. Thanks

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    Your tension is off. Someone posted a link to this a couple of days ago, but here it is again:

    http://treadleon.net/sewingmachinesh...djustment.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Launie
    Couple things... Picked up the treadle cabinet from my mom. Her dad was the sewing machine repair guy for years and years. Two years ago when settling out the estate, there were a ton of sewing machines in his basement, but I had a brand-new Pfaff and why would I need a 70yr old tank? Stupid me didn't realize 70yr old tanks sew circles around new machines!
    A few weeks ago, after finding this board, I ask my mom if she had any more of those machines. Enter Old Ironsides- a 1935 Singer 15-91. Who runs fabulous, btw. Thanks to this forum and mucho oil.
    So the treadle cabinet has been in my moms garage for the last two years and I picked it up and brought it home today. Old Ironsides fits great. The cabinet is in really good shape and I have already put the drawers to good use holding odds and ends.

    Now the other night I was doing a bit of sewing on O.I. and the bobbin threads are all squiggly. Any ideas as to why?

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    Looks pretty good
    http://nh.craigslist.org/atq/2436466975.html[/quote]

    I like this one...too bad I don't live anywhere near NH! :(

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    No, you shoudn't!!! :) I never see anything on CL in my area so I'm always looking in the state where my best friend lives. If I find something I want, I order her to go get it! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/atq/2485707625.html
    I shouldn't nose around on other cities should I

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    No, you shoudn't!!! :) I never see anything on CL in my area so I'm always looking in the state where my best friend lives. If I find something I want, I order her to go get it! LOL
    My only problem with that plan would be trying to talk her out of KEEPING what I found! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    ... I'm going to take the head out of the case, convert to a HC and ship to Afghanistan to a soldier.
    Tommie
    The 66/99 needs to sit in a base to work properly.
    Sharon W.
    That is true. He is going to make a base for it, and a cover, he says.
    Just in case he needs it.. here's a link to treadleon.net with instructions to make the bases!
    http://www.treadleon.net/woodshop/bu...dingbases.html
    Thanks so much for posting the link to make the bases. I need one for my 15-91 and I'm going to print this out and get my son to make me one! Yipee!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by incoming2me
    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms
    No, you shoudn't!!! :) I never see anything on CL in my area so I'm always looking in the state where my best friend lives. If I find something I want, I order her to go get it! LOL
    My only problem with that plan would be trying to talk her out of KEEPING what I found! :D
    Well, so far the VSM bug hasn't bitten her!! She stays too busy with work and 4 growing boys that she hardly has time to breathe. The only time she has to sew is when she comes to stay a few days with me. So very sad. :)

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    Here is the link to a tutorial I did on threading the shuttle bobbin.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/tam73501?feature=mhee
    Hope it helps some of you out with this.
    Tammy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Lately I've been working on my machines using cardboard flats--they work really well at keeping table tops clean AND catching screws, etc. as they fall.

    I worked on my Kruse and Murphy HC a bit over the weekend, but couldn't quite figure out the needle and couldn't make it stitch. I could see the way the needle SHOULD go in, but the only way it fit was backwards. Of course, it wouldn't stitch properly, and kept breaking threads. Finally, someone asked if the needlebar might possibly be backwards. Darned if they weren't right. I haven't taken it apart and put it back together the RIGHT way, but will get around to it eventually, I guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by miriam
    they have 13 screws in them and I'm dreading it if I loose one.
    Do all of your work over a nice thick towel. This way if you drop a screw it won't go anywhere. Good luck on your cleaning :-D
    I like the thick towel idea!!!! Brilliant!
    This one had an oil bath set up with dried up oil bath, dried up lines, dried up wicks - I've cleaned it once. Now is time to truly disassemble one section at a time and do again -maybe needs a microscope to find all the gunk. It only seems to take a small amount to really mess things over. The thread isn't going around the shuttle right. I think it is gunk. The timing is ok but it isn't going the whole trip. It could also be burrs.

    The tension spring is backwards - I have to figure out that one.
    If you turn that needle bar you will have to time the machine. It is the same screw to loosen as to time it though. It isn't too hard. If you can read a pattern and sew you can do this. Look at the animation cartoon: http://home.howstuffworks.com/sewing-machine1.htm
    Then get another machine to look at while you are working. Take off it's feed dogs too so you can see the hook and needle. Pay close attention to how the needle and the shuttle hook eclipse. There are service manuals free on line. I posted some a while ago. It would be helpful to have one - just about any will tell you what screw you need to loosen to turn that needle bar around or set the timing. You CAN do it!
    Anyway loosen the screw (at the top, inside the nose cover) that holds the needle bar on. Turn the needle bar around. Get the needle eye and the hook in position (hard part) Then tighten the screw. If it doesn't work you have to repeat until it does work.

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