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    Hmmmm. I saw that all of the metal bits had the same "surface"condition. so I was wondering what you use to make them have the same finish. (In commercial metal finishing they refer to the surface polishing as "conditioning")

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Hmmmm. I saw that all of the metal bits had the same "surface"condition. so I was wondering what you use to make them have the same finish. (In commercial metal finishing they refer to the surface polishing as "conditioning")
    Hard to explain here without taking up too much space.
    ~G~

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    Grant, did you redo the decals? They are in such perfect condition..... amazing.

    While you all are talking about the nice metal finish, I have a question. The Singer 101 machine that I bought last summer was missing the slide plate. I bought a replacement one but hadn't had a chance to try it on the machine until I was down at my son's house over the weekend. To make a long story short, the plate does go on the machine but doesn't slide well. In fact, I had to use a screwdriver to get the bobbin area open so I know I need to do something to make it move more easily. What do you suggest? I've thought of grinding it a little or using sand paper for metal. I'm sure it won't take much adjustment.... just would like to know what the experts suggest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    Oh my! I need to move to the SF area. ..... you have a lot of very nice machines to choose from. Kind of the opposite here in my area...... mostly rusty clunkers, ..... not very often a nice machine with clean decals!
    --- Jean

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Grant, did you redo the decals? They are in such perfect condition..... amazing.

    While you all are talking about the nice metal finish, I have a question. The Singer 101 machine that I bought last summer was missing the slide plate. I bought a replacement one but hadn't had a chance to try it on the machine until I was down at my son's house over the weekend. To make a long story short, the plate does go on the machine but doesn't slide well. In fact, I had to use a screwdriver to get the bobbin area open so I know I need to do something to make it move more easily. What do you suggest? I've thought of grinding it a little or using sand paper for metal. I'm sure it won't take much adjustment.... just would like to know what the experts suggest.
    Thank you Nanna. Is it tight on the sides, or on the spring that holds it down? If it is the sides, you may need to file them slightly but be careful that you don't wind up with burrs on it. And it needs to be straight. If it is the spring and if it has the same type of slideplate as a 66 I would remove the slideplate and loosen the screw that holds the spring down and try it again.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Grant, did you redo the decals? They are in such perfect condition..... amazing.
    No, I did not redo the decals. This machine was in good condition under a lot of dirt.
    ~G~

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    Thanks Grant.... I don't think this slide plate has a screw.... it's a new replacement. I don't have any parts machines. But I'll have to wait to work on it because I'm back up at the cabin now and the machine is at my son's house downstate. Yes, it may be difficult to sand or grind straight. I've already thought of that. But I know who to ask when I get back there to work on it again.

    Wow! I dream of finding a machine with such nice decals. It doesn't happen around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Thanks Grant.... I don't think this slide plate has a screw.... it's a new replacement. I don't have any parts machines. But I'll have to wait to work on it because I'm back up at the cabin now and the machine is at my son's house downstate. Yes, it may be difficult to sand or grind straight. I've already thought of that. But I know who to ask when I get back there to work on it again.

    Wow! I dream of finding a machine with such nice decals. It doesn't happen around here.
    Belt Sander would work best I think if that is what needs to be done. Make sure that is it first though before you start removing material.

    Yes, I get lucky from time to time. This one was in good shape and I found it at a resale shop that had to vacate and I got it at a bargain basement price too. But it does have some flaws in the paint but overall I am happy with it.
    ~G~

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    Dreid, your Bartlett is very beautiful, as well as the lovely curved cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post

    Yes, I get lucky from time to time. This one was in good shape and I found it at a resale shop that had to vacate and I got it at a bargain basement price too. But it does have some flaws in the paint but overall I am happy with it.
    ~G~
    Well, you take some great pictures that don't show any flaws in the paint.... at least I didn't see any. Do you put car polish on the machine? It is so shiny...... really nice.
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    tight bobbin slide cover

    knife sharpening stone and oil, or a fine tooth flat file but google filing metal videos first
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    Well, you take some great pictures that don't show any flaws in the paint.... at least I didn't see any. Do you put car polish on the machine? It is so shiny...... really nice.
    Yes I use car WAX. What works with one machine doesn't always work with another machine though. I have several brands but never a polishing compound or buffing compound. They have abrasives in them that are designed to take OFF paint. Be careful what you use. I tend to use a little more elbow grease but I have never damaged a finish. I use the round cotton things women take their makeup off with for applying and removing the wax. Then I go over it with an old T shirt. There is always some dust on a black machine in my pictures, but I don't care. I want to get a can of compressed air just to blast it off just before pictures though. Lol.

    Oldsewnsew, Good sound advice there. I didn't think of a stone. That is even better.
    ~G~

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    OSS.... thanks for the great tip. I have plenty of knife sharpening stones... I'll have to look for a really straight one because most were my dad's and he sharpened his pocket knife all the time..... those stones are curved. But I know I have some newer ones, too. I just have to find them once I'm back downstate.

    I'm going to have to WAX up my machines...... it looks so nice.
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    I use a belt sander with a backing plate to do the initial bevel on a made-from-scratch slide, but once a slide is made (old or new) I only adjust the angles with a hand file and lots of test fits. I work from the side that enters the machine first and work outwards. This also lets me adjust the tension of the fit. I like to make them so that when in place they are tight for the first 1/4-1/2" of removal then easy slide.

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    You make it sound so easy, Steve. I'm sure it's not! Do you remove from both sides? .... and I would like to know how you make it tight and then slide. That sounds pretty tricky to me.
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    I file both sides.

    Imagine a rectangle (say 4" side to side, 1" top to bottom) with it sliding into the machine with the left end first and then sliding to the left to close. I would file it so that the right side is a hair (or less) wider. That way as it is just about to "seat" it gets tighter.

    FYI - A much easier method for tightening a factory made but now loose slide was shown to me by Cathy. She simply gives the plate a slight bend across the short direction and Viola! it is tight again.

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    Grant51clone,
    I have a 99K with the same decals as your machine has, however my machine is from about 1932. It was electric when I got it, also has the spoke wheel. I did a motorectomy and put my Singer hand crank on it. Its a joy to sew with, the grandkids like sewing with it too.(This picture shows it with the Chinese repro hand crank, can't find the other picture)
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    Pretty machine, Sharon.
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    grant15clone, your 99 is absolutely beautiful!
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    Is your Pfaff treadle cabinet still available? If so how much are you asking?

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    I think we have a Spammer in our midst. On at least one other page that I know of as well. Something about a sewing kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206 View Post
    This is my other baby.

    Serial Number: G3186552

    Model 127
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    Born in 1913 (Around Aug 27 - which is my mom's birthday.. wrong year though)
    I believe it to have been a converted to electric from Treadle
    Holy Sphinx! I'm in love and now I have to search for one of these beauties. I've never seen anything so gorgeous!!

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    Diamond knife sharpeners are available from woodworking splys. If it gets too loose you can also centerpunch close to the edge. If no belt sander available, glue sandpaper to flat surface, use a squared piece of wood as a guide so you don't wobble. When you're close, use a piece of stock cut at the bevel angle as your guide to rub against.

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    My mom gave me this machine this week. Its in sad shape. I've gotten some information from quilting blogs. And I did find out that it was made in 1897. But other than that I know NOTHING. I don't even know how to thread it, or make it sew. It needs a new belt and lots of TLC. Would love to know what you all might suggest. I'm afraid to do anything for fear of making it worse. Cleaning the machine and the decals is my biggest concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea View Post
    My mom gave me this machine this week. Its in sad shape. I've gotten some information from quilting blogs. And I did find out that it was made in 1897. But other than that I know NOTHING. I don't even know how to thread it, or make it sew. It needs a new belt and lots of TLC. Would love to know what you all might suggest. I'm afraid to do anything for fear of making it worse. Cleaning the machine and the decals is my biggest concern.
    It's not sad. Unhappy, maybe, but that can change. I would be careful around the decals. Especially around the edge of the silvered parts. I would recommend just sewing machine oil on a soft cloth and work in small areas at a time. The cabinet looks sound for something that is over 100 years old. You can try refinishing it. It looks like a good woodworker could make it beautiful again. You have to be careful because it has a very thin veneer on it. It isn't all that bad of shape, machine or cabinet. But that is my opinion.
    ~G~

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