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    What I've found is that the darker look of the old cabinets is from the finish darkening over the years. If you remove the finish, you'll find the original stain is more natural in color

    This is "before"



    And this is "after"

    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    I am hoping we get that result eventually...sighing over your pretty cabinet.
    Cathie in Ut
    Who tends to be like a bird who is distracted by sparkly and shiny things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    What I've found is that the darker look of the old cabinets is from the finish darkening over the years. If you remove the finish, you'll find the original stain is more natural in color
    I won't quote the photos again but wow!! Now I'm really keen on renewing the veneer. You really made your cabinet look like new again!
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    Anyone know what model of Singer this is? Never seen one like this before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlmack View Post
    Anyone know what model of Singer this is? Never seen one like this before.
    Here's the story:
    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/standard.htm

    Jon

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    Thanks for the link!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathieinut View Post
    This is my White Treadle FR out of it's cabinet which is a twig style only it has been painted an awful enamel black.
    I have a second cabinet but unfortunately it has a different opening so I can't trade them out unless my hubby and son can to an "under pan transfer" and an opening modification.
    As you can see the machine isn't in bad condition but the decals are half off. Funny thing is that the center of the bed should have a decal but it looks like someone removed it in the past and left light gouges and one deep gouge in it's place!
    My friend gave me a new toy last week. Its the same model as yours. Once I learned how to thread it, I was able to sew some string blocks; perfect stitches too. It's a 1917 White Rotary, I'm so happy that its all mine. I hope to find a cabinet for it, want to remove the motor and treadle it. The #2 picture shows the pile of compacted lint I found under the feed dogs and in the bobbin area. I'm glad it was stored inside someone's house, no rust; it just needed to be oiled. The wiring is in very good condition too.
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    Yep looks like my machines sister or cousin!
    Good luck on locating a cabinet and the motor-ectimy.
    Cathie in Ut
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    [QUOTE=Macybaby;6400284]What I've found is that the darker look of the old cabinets is from the finish darkening over the years. If you remove the finish, you'll find the original stain is more natural in color

    Great gobs, Macybaby; that is incredible!

    Is it solid oak, or veneer?

    How did you strip it? Was it a shellac finish originally?

    Cannot believe how gorgeous it is now. Wow wow wow. Please tell me more.
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Mike. Dude. You and Yer Poppa did an amazing job. Wow. Wow. I am humbled.
    -Cecilia. Tinkering more than stitching, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilia S. View Post
    Mike. Dude. You and Yer Poppa did an amazing job. Wow. Wow. I am humbled.
    Thanks (I'm all embarrassed). So to change the subject, I fixed up someone's 99k last night:
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    Only took four hours Had to replace a wire (the goes to the knee controller).
    Singers: model 12 MOP (1885) Improved Family 29k58 (1939) 44K11 (1921) 201K2, 201K23 206k11 (1950) 222k (1959) 320k2(1959), 15K90, Bernina 530, Pfaff:360 (1959) http://tailororfailure.blogspot.com

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    well done! Inspiring work. Don't be embarrassed, you earned the praise, and you use it to motivate yourself going forward, not to prop yourself up and rest on... well done.

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    Gorgeous cabinet, Macybaby. Hope mine looks as nice when I get it. My dd is giving me one for my birthday. she got it from a friend of hers. didn't know she knew anyone who sewed except me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    My friend gave me a new toy last week. Its the same model as yours. Once I learned how to thread it, I was able to sew some string blocks; perfect stitches too. It's a 1917 White Rotary, I'm so happy that its all mine. I hope to find a cabinet for it, want to remove the motor and treadle it. The #2 picture shows the pile of compacted lint I found under the feed dogs and in the bobbin area. I'm glad it was stored inside someone's house, no rust; it just needed to be oiled. The wiring is in very good condition too.
    Sharon W.
    I bought this cabinet and machine today, for $75. However the whole thing reeks of stale cigarettes. YUCK!

    http://austin.craigslist.org/atq/4132880300.html

    Sharon

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I bought this cabinet and machine today, for $75. However the whole thing reeks of stale cigarettes. YUCK!

    http://austin.craigslist.org/atq/4132880300.html

    Sharon
    Well, it looks like they took the pictures through a haze of cigarette smoke, so I am not surprised.

    They thought it might make a nice bathroom sink?
    Mark

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    Cathy, how did you get your treadle top to go back to that lighter colour? It looks fantastic.
    1939 Singer 221, 1980 Singer Starlet 496, 1947 Singer 201-3

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    Really pretty cabinet Sharon! I hope that once we get the black paint off mine will be a pretty warm oak again.
    Good luck with the removal of the smoke smell...maybe start with baking soda in saucers set in the drawers? It won't cause any damage and maybe will help
    Cathie in Ut
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    just picked this cool singer pattern tracing tool.

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    I have an Actor buddy who likes to walk through his neighborhood in Hollywood including the local businesses. There is a small family bookbinder shop that has this in the front of the shop. The owner used it for book binding until the needle broke. I'm helping to get it ID'd and the correct needle determined. (I have my opinions but for now, mum's the word)

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    Steve, you find the most interesting things.
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    That is a very cool machine Steve. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    I have been working on a Singer 27 in a Treadle Cabinet from 1896 for a good friend of mine. It has been in their family for generations but only used as a piece of furniture for at least the last 40 years. The machine was neglected for at least that long too. I finished restoring it yesterday and wanted to share some before and after pictures of this wonderful machine. I did not repaint or replace a single part on it. I used car wax to clean it and followed up with sewing machine oil. The varnish was badly oxidized so I did not rub hard. I just gently waxed it and I had no additional "silvering" of the decals and had no loss of any of them either. The metal parts were cleaned with wadding polish and some were polished with a Dremel with a buffing wheel with jewelers rouge. Some of the parts were really rusted badly and pitted too but I was able to improve them quite a bit. Some parts like the foot lever, I thought that would have to be replaced, but it came out as smooth and shiny as a new piece.
    ~G~

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    Grant what did you use to clean the decals, sewing machine oil? Nice work
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    PS What kind of car wax did you use on this one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Grant what did you use to clean the decals, sewing machine oil? Nice work
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    PS What kind of car wax did you use on this one?
    Meguiar's Cleaner Wax to clean the decals. Then I followed that up with Singer oil. There is a lot of elbow grease involved too.
    Thank you Glen. I didn't even know a couple of the decals were still there under the thick layers of dirt. And the rear inspection plate, I thought that it was plain. I noticed the design on it when I was looking at the pictures I took of it and saw the design on it only then because it was so rusted.
    ~G~

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    Grant,
    Next one I get that looks like that I'm gonna contact you for tips and help.

    My 127 was like that and I got it clean ... I think. But not that nice.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    Meguiar's Cleaner Wax to clean the decals. Then I followed that up with Singer oil. There is a lot of elbow grease involved too.
    Thank you Glen. I didn't even know a couple of the decals were still there under the thick layers of dirt. And the rear inspection plate, I thought that it was plain. I noticed the design on it when I was looking at the pictures I took of it and saw the design on it only then because it was so rusted.
    ~G~
    I've had Meguiar's Cleaner Wax take off paint on some machines. Always test a place. The machine looks great Grant! I am going after one today in worse shape. I have one here with initials carved deeply into the bed - I'm hoping to 'marry' them - maybe have one good one some time. I have a growing appreciation for those old ladies. I think the bobbin and shuttle were kind of a turn off for a very long time. Muv's info saved the day.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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