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    wow what a beautiful machine. Love it.

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    Cool Singer Red-Eye 1923 Treadle

    I just picked mine up from a tune up. Bought her up a couple of weeks ago from someone on Craigslist.
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    May your bobbin always be full.

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    very nice!

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    thought I was looking at a mirror then thinking shouldn 't "Singer" in the reflection be backwards. Nice Redeye (or 2?)
    Jim

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    Beautiful machines, Amy. Fantastic!!
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    [QUOTE=oldsewnsew;6530146]thought I was looking at a mirror then thinking shouldn 't "Singer" in the reflection be backwards. Nice Redeye (or 2?)[/QUOTE

    Jim,
    I think its 2 different Red Eye machines.
    Sharon

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    Gorgeous machine! Your "new" one is a real beauty. Decals are really in good shape!

    Congrats on the new one!

    Jeanette

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    Thought folks might like to see a "naked" (Heather's term, not mine) Singer 28

    It had the "Victorian" decals but they were shot....
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    then with a little help from Brasso...

    THIS is why you DO NOT want to get it on the bed of your machine if you LIKE your decals....
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    I was going to put on the aftermarket "celtic" set of decals bought from Keeler but I asked if they would consider making a 28 sized set of 3 color gingerbread pattern.

    They replied that it was not only a good idea but they were going to put that on the short list to get produced.

    Perhaps a month or two they said.

    So, I am going to wait.

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    Just finished CLAing my "found in an old home" 1912 Singer 28. It defines the meaning of "sounds and runs like a sewing machine." Such a pleasant sound and a very nice stitch.Name:  IMG_0273.JPG
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    Ron in NW MO

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    Very nice! prompts me to get on with cleaning my 28k up....been a bit remiss in tending to her.

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    Nice machine, vridar.... and the stitching looks great. I also have a 28 that I cleaned up a couple of years ago. I need to adjust the belt and I should look up the date again. I need to make a ledger of my machines so I don't forget their birthdays.
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    I just finished a couple of machines and thought I would share. First is a 1919 Singer Red Eye. It was in pretty bad shape before I started. Here are some before and after pictures.
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    Another machine I just finished with was a 1921 Singer 128. I changed it over to a hand crank in the process.
    ~G~

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    that looks amazing. miles away in looks from before. great job giving it a TLC.

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    wow such great work. thank you for sharing
    😊 wilburness 😊

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    Those are so amazing.

    Is there a tutorial around here for putting a hand crank on?
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    how did you make all those metals shiny ? dremel, metal polisher ? i have used Brasso but it's not making the metal shiny.

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    Thank you for the kind words.
    Anistasia, It is about as simple as unbolting the motor and bolting on the hand crank. This is a reproduction hand crank. You just need a Singer machine that has a spoked handwheel. I have seen a tutorial about notching a solid handwheel, but it is pretty involved and the results are iffy IMHO.
    vmaniqui, I have been polishing them up with a cordless (much slower speed than corded) Dremel with the felt buffing wheel and jewelers rouge and following up with wadding polish for years and have had great results. The faceplate on the 66 was bad so I took a chance on it to see what would happen if I used a brass brush. It is now going to be what I do on a lot of them if they are rusty or really bad. As long as you can polish it up with a dremel or other buffing wheel after to clean up the small scratches it leaves behind you may want to try it on something that is in bad shape to see what it does. The brush can get in the fine detail really well and it takes off the first layer of rust really quickly. Buffing wheels can also leave behind minute scratches that look like swirl marks after you wax a car. On small areas they are not as noticeable, but on something like a slideplate, you will notice it.
    I hope this answers your questions. If not you can always message me.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by amcatanzaro View Post
    Those are so amazing. Is there a tutorial around here for putting a hand crank on?
    No tutorial needed. Take off the motor, keep the boss screw. Line up the handcrank's base with the groove for the electric motor. Slide the base into place, flip the lever up, into the gaps in the handwheel, and tighten the boss screw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbugsullivan View Post
    No tutorial needed. Take off the motor, keep the boss screw. Line up the handcrank's base with the groove for the electric motor. Slide the base into place, flip the lever up, into the gaps in the handwheel, and tighten the boss screw.
    Very good instructions!
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    Well, I thought I'd pop in and introduce my newest 15-91. She's a 1955 model in a blond cabinet. .... pretty dirty to start but she's cleaned up now and ready to do the FMQing that 15-91s do so well. I'm posting 1 before cleaning of the face plate and then 2 after cleaning pictures. I think I'm going to replace the wire that goes from the foot pedal to the machine. The outer coating is cracked in places and while it sews just fine and there are no sparks or anything, I think it would be safer to replace it now. I think I'll need about 6 ft. Does anyone know if that's enough to rewire one of these 15-91s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I think I'll need about 6 ft. Does anyone know if that's enough to rewire one of these 15-91s?
    Nanna, Nice Job on your 15-91. Usually, from the wall to the machine, it is about 6'. From the machine to the foot controller, it is about 4'. However, I usually add a foot or two when I am replacing them. Especially when it is a portable machine. I know yours is not. I am guessing that you have a button controller that can be used for knee or foot control. If You have a plain knee control, it is usually less though. I often take the old wire out and measure it to be sure, add a foot or two, and get that size.
    I hope this helps.
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    Thanks, Grant. She sure looks better now that she's cleaned up. I just ordered the new wire from sew classic. I have another 15-91 at my summer cabin and that one probably needs a new wire job, too. So I ordered 20 ft and got the cheaper per foot price. Actually I could get 20 ft cheaper than ordering 15 ft at the regular price. I am a bargain shopper and I'm sure I'll find another machine that needs some new wiring.

    I'm done buying 15-91s now. .... one at the summer cabin, one at the winder place, and one to give my SIL for a birthday present.

    Now, I'm looking at a Wheeler and Wilson.... don't know if I'll get that one though.
    --- Jean

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I wonder if alcohol takes the paint off when you want it to?
    It's been a while Miriam, but the answer is categorically NO That's if we're talking a 100yo japanned machine with crumbly shellac and almost no decals. 100% alcohol didn't even strip the decals, so I'd be really interested to know under what circumstances it's supposed to do so ***and no, everyone, don't go and rush out and shine up your discoloured decals with alcohol - I wouldn't say it was good for them, it just didn't remove them!***

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    Once the shellac is gone the decals WILL go away quickly with alcohol. (I just did this last weekend to a singer 128. less than one hour to render it completely black....)

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