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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    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....)
    And I know that it will dull the shine permanently on some, if not most or all, painted surfaces. I made a small test once and it was a mistake. From then on, I won't get near painted surfaces with Rubbing Alcohol aka. Isopropyl Alcohol.
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    different results also between 70% and 90%. If i work fast and buff i can get a nice shine with 70%. But 90% would be more aggressive.
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    Super cool find today (well, three days ago, but I picked it up today). The nice sellers accepted my offer of 1/2 of what they had it posted for because they like the shows we do.. too cool.

    That is a Peerless Buttonholer from 1887 (second earliest I know of) with original document and an 1898 Singer 27/28 Accessory set #11 complete with manual. They owned the machine that it came from and the machine was purchased in Santa Rosa (5 miles north of where I got it) in 1898.. they had the receipt. Not sure why this did not go with it...
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    The Artwork on those vintage machines is just stunning. Don't you wish they would make the effort on the new ones?
    The first pic posted above just took my breath away.

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    So, I have a sad (or perhaps pitiful) story that may be of benefit to someone else.

    Several years ago, I purchased a red-eye that was in pretty bad shape. Just the machine; no table. I had it in my mind to refurbish it (using that wonderful set of instructions a former QBer had put together) and turn it into a treadle. One winter, I started taking it apart, taking photos of every piece, organizing the pieces in different little dishes based on where they came from in the machine, then I put it up, waiting for spring to come so I could do the nasty work outside with lots of fresh air.

    Well, um, my dear sweet Gryphon kitty went exploring on my desk one day, bored because it was too cold to go outside. He found the neatly stacked bowls of parts and decided they must be toys for him. I mean really, what else could they be? He knocked over the bowls, and all their parts went waterfalling down together into a mixed up mess of a pile behind my desk and behind a bunch of boxes. Horrified, I delayed dealing with it for oh... I dunno... a year? I finally pulled away the boxes and the desk and gathered all (I hope) the loose parts, but somewhere in there, I lost heart about trying to put humpty back together again. (This is probably a good argument why amateurs should stay away from such projects...)

    In the meantime, my brother found and gave me another Singer red-eye, in much better shape; she is now the target of my retrofitting-to-treadle, and I haven't dared yet take her apart.

    I'm seeking to find a new home for my first red-eye and parts, perhaps in exchange for some advice about my new red-eye. I'm too embarrassed to ask for money for it.

    I live in Bethesda, MD, near Glen Echo Park. If you're interested in discussing possibilities, PM me.
    jillaine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    So, I have a sad (or perhaps pitiful) story that may be of benefit to someone else.

    Several years ago, I purchased a red-eye that was in pretty bad shape. Just the machine; no table. I had it in my mind to refurbish it (using that wonderful set of instructions a former QBer had put together) and turn it into a treadle. One winter, I started taking it apart, taking photos of every piece, organizing the pieces in different little dishes based on where they came from in the machine, then I put it up, waiting for spring to come so I could do the nasty work outside with lots of fresh air.

    Well, um, my dear sweet Gryphon kitty went exploring on my desk one day, bored because it was too cold to go outside. He found the neatly stacked bowls of parts and decided they must be toys for him. I mean really, what else could they be? He knocked over the bowls, and all their parts went waterfalling down together into a mixed up mess of a pile behind my desk and behind a bunch of boxes. Horrified, I delayed dealing with it for oh... I dunno... a year? I finally pulled away the boxes and the desk and gathered all (I hope) the loose parts, but somewhere in there, I lost heart about trying to put humpty back together again. (This is probably a good argument why amateurs should stay away from such projects...)

    In the meantime, my brother found and gave me another Singer red-eye, in much better shape; she is now the target of my retrofitting-to-treadle, and I haven't dared yet take her apart.

    I'm seeking to find a new home for my first red-eye and parts, perhaps in exchange for some advice about my new red-eye. I'm too embarrassed to ask for money for it.

    I live in Bethesda, MD, near Glen Echo Park. If you're interested in discussing possibilities, PM me.
    That is a sad story everyone can learn from it. Don't try to take a sewing machine all apart. If you take apart anything take a little off at a time, clean it and put it back. A lot of it will clean just fine in place. Muv and Glenn have wonderful tutorials about how to clean and how to make the finish look good. At this point your machine might serve well for parts for someone who needs parts. I bet you would have some takers for parts. Maybe Joe or someone would like a kit though.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    So, I have a sad (or perhaps pitiful) story that may be of benefit to someone else.

    Several years ago, I purchased a red-eye that was in pretty bad shape. Just the machine; no table. I had it in my mind to refurbish it (using that wonderful set of instructions a former QBer had put together) and turn it into a treadle. One winter, I started taking it apart, taking photos of every piece, organizing the pieces in different little dishes based on where they came from in the machine, then I put it up, waiting for spring to come so I could do the nasty work outside with lots of fresh air.

    Well, um, my dear sweet Gryphon kitty went exploring on my desk one day, bored because it was too cold to go outside. He found the neatly stacked bowls of parts and decided they must be toys for him. I mean really, what else could they be? He knocked over the bowls, and all their parts went waterfalling down together into a mixed up mess of a pile behind my desk and behind a bunch of boxes. Horrified, I delayed dealing with it for oh... I dunno... a year? I finally pulled away the boxes and the desk and gathered all (I hope) the loose parts, but somewhere in there, I lost heart about trying to put humpty back together again. (This is probably a good argument why amateurs should stay away from such projects...)

    In the meantime, my brother found and gave me another Singer red-eye, in much better shape; she is now the target of my retrofitting-to-treadle, and I haven't dared yet take her apart.

    I'm seeking to find a new home for my first red-eye and parts, perhaps in exchange for some advice about my new red-eye. I'm too embarrassed to ask for money for it.

    I live in Bethesda, MD, near Glen Echo Park. If you're interested in discussing possibilities, PM me.
    Been there, done that. I'm certain someone(s) would be thrilled to buy or receive parts from your Redeye "organ donor".

    Jon

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    Can anyone tell me how to keep the belt in place on a treadle machine when the top is open ?
    Loraine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pins n' Ndls View Post
    Can anyone tell me how to keep the belt in place on a treadle machine when the top is open ?
    Hi Loraine,
    I've been using a treadle since 2007 and have learned so much.
    It sounds like you need to shorten your belt a bit. Can you post a picture so I can see what's going on? Please make sure the picture isn't dark.
    Sharon W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    So, I have a sad (or perhaps pitiful) story that may be of benefit to someone else.

    Several years ago, I purchased a red-eye that was in pretty bad shape. Just the machine; no table. I had it in my mind to refurbish it (using that wonderful set of instructions a former QBer had put together) and turn it into a treadle. One winter, I started taking it apart, taking photos of every piece, organizing the pieces in different little dishes based on where they came from in the machine, then I put it up, waiting for spring to come so I could do the nasty work outside with lots of fresh air.

    Well, um, my dear sweet Gryphon kitty went exploring on my desk one day, bored because it was too cold to go outside. He found the neatly stacked bowls of parts and decided they must be toys for him. I mean really, what else could they be? He knocked over the bowls, and all their parts went waterfalling down together into a mixed up mess of a pile behind my desk and behind a bunch of boxes. Horrified, I delayed dealing with it for oh... I dunno... a year? I finally pulled away the boxes and the desk and gathered all (I hope) the loose parts, but somewhere in there, I lost heart about trying to put humpty back together again. (This is probably a good argument why amateurs should stay away from such projects...)

    In the meantime, my brother found and gave me another Singer red-eye, in much better shape; she is now the target of my retrofitting-to-treadle, and I haven't dared yet take her apart.

    I'm seeking to find a new home for my first red-eye and parts, perhaps in exchange for some advice about my new red-eye. I'm too embarrassed to ask for money for it.

    I live in Bethesda, MD, near Glen Echo Park. If you're interested in discussing possibilities, PM me.
    I just got a Red Eye and sure could use some parts. Especially the bobbin cover plate and spool pins. Do you still have it?
    Robin
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    I just got a Red Eye and sure could use some parts. Especially the bobbin cover plate and spool pins. Do you still have it?
    Those parts can be gotten from sew-classic!!! Not expensive either! http://shop.sew-classic.com/1-Sewing...e-Parts_c2.htm
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Those parts can be gotten from sew-classic!!! Not expensive either! http://shop.sew-classic.com/1-Sewing...e-Parts_c2.htm
    OMG such great news!!! You have been so much help. Thank you sooooooo much!
    Robin
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    As soon as I figure out how will send a pic ...Thanks purplefiend
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    Probably at the top of my want list.....sigh....


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    Hi SteveH,
    Alex Askaroff has a loverly example of that machine on his website.

    http://sewalot.com/sewing_machine_collection.htm

    Sharon in Texas

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    oh yes he does....

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    OK This is the strangest old sewing machine I have seen..

    http://www.unicumf.de/Danica.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    OK This is the strangest old sewing machine I have seen..

    http://www.unicumf.de/Danica.html
    I wonder if it is for making straw hats?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    That is a pretty machine. It looks like free arm machines aren't as new as I thought.
    Rodney
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    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    Miriam I don't know either. It makes pretty chainstitch spirals, but why?
    Rodney
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    trouble and annoyance" Quote from Singer Model 99 Manual

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    Strumpf is German for socks/stocking, so maybe it is for making socks/stockings.
    Mark

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    so it is for making sock flowers?

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    Sock Monkey Hats?

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    Sock it to me?

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    Looks like it was born from an eggbeater!

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