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    Red face Vlad the Impaler

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    Love my family! When I first showed this pic to my son, he responded that it looked like coffins. Then I finally got it home, cleaned up, and he saw how dark it really was. After he commented on how much he appreciated how quirky it looked, he agreed that it needed a male name. "Vlad" was his immediate response and then he quickly added, "Vlad, the Impaler." I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes!!

    Meet my Godzilla finished Kenmore De Luxe Rotary. Vlad, welcome to the herd. Well worth the $20!

    Annette
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    Annette,

    I have one of those Kenmores too. They are made by White and are some of the best straight stitch machines made.
    Mine is brown crinkle rather than the OD green ( that's what it looks like on my monitor ) yours is.

    They work great with Tri-Flow oil and the motors take petroleum jelly for the grease pots. If you don't have a manual I have a scanned threading chart.

    Joe

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    Vlad the Impaler? I hope he doesn't live up to his name...OUCH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Vlad the Impaler? I hope he doesn't live up to his name...OUCH.
    Note to self: Keep fingers away from reciprocating sharp pointy thing.



    Joe

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    Vlad the Impaler is a wonderful for this machine. I like it.
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    I'd love a threading chart! Kind of guessed and kept in mind the fact that White is Singer, backwards. I knew it was a White (117?). That's why I made a bid on it. When it came home, I didn't even plug it in until Tri-Flow, and lithium grease hit all the right spots. It was amazingly clean! Even the feed dogs had little lint. I got over those flat spots on the friction wheel by loosening it and giving it a healthy slide out. Must come up with a "just right" cork to keep that motor back!
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    he's cute! lol I have a thing for quirky Kenmores.

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    redbugsullivan,

    Here is your threading diagram:

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    The model # is on a label under the lip of the bed. My machine is a 117-812, but there are several models that have the same shape.

    Joe

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    Hi Red, what year would Vlad the Impaler be? I have had a couple of Kenmors but never anything like this. Very interesting.

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    Very cool!!!

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    Vlad is a 117-551 made in 1938. That date surprised me! Given its condition, I would have said mid-50's. Sews quite well for being 75! Shoot, it sews better than the new-ish Singer 150th Anniversary edition I noticed at a boot sale. White machines are now raising themselves higher in my opinion.

    Vlad is waiting for a new lightbulb. First time I've ever tripped a breaker while cleaning/fixing a machine. One twist and POP! Not easy to find, those lightbulbs...

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    All of a sudden I thought of another infamous personality. Jack the Ripper.
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    What I do for the flat friction spots is a wadded up piece of batting to keep the motor away from the friction wheel. It works well and the solution was free.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    May I borrow that name? I laughed myself silly over that one. Then I looked up Vlad the Impaler - his painting looks more like a Singer Redeye to me. I think I like the name Shishkabob, too - Bob for short.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    To keep the friction drive wheel away from the hand wheel I take a spring loaded clothes pin apart and use the tapered wood piece to hold the motor away. That doesn't mar the finish, and won't compress like that batting or foam or some other things will. And the flat shape stays put.

    Joe

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    I haven't found the grease pots yet. Where are they? On the motor? Or under the machine?
    I was given one last week, it is brown with case and feet. His name is Rocketman.
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    That is super cool. 1938! Wow... I agree that it seems more modern somehow.
    Doubt I'll ever get my hands on one in Oz but if I ever do, I'm going to call it Kryten after the "Red Dwarf" character:
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    Vlad the Impaler is freakin hilarious though!! Love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat M. View Post
    I haven't found the grease pots yet. Where are they? On the motor? Or under the machine?
    I was given one last week, it is brown with case and feet. His name is Rocketman.
    The grease pots should be on the motor, one on each end, sticking straight down. At least they are on my White Rotary 77.
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    I have one of these at home (I am trying to get rid of) I will take and post a photo or two of the pots tonight.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH View Post
    I have one of these at home (I am trying to get rid of) I will take and post a photo or two of the pots tonight.

    Steve
    If I wasn't so broke and deluged by bills I'd say send it to me. But ............ you'll find a nice sewist who wants to adopt it.

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    Have to agree, that's the perfect name.

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    OMS!! Perfect name for a delightful character (and future machine). May I share your thoughts and this pic with my FB quilty friends?
    Annette

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