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    Old 05-29-2015, 03:43 AM
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    Default What do I need for the Workroom?

    I want to put together a decent set of tools and supplies for my Sewing machine workroom. DH is going to build a stand like OurWorkBench has shared pictures of (that is sooo neat!).

    So, do you have any special tools/supplies you really like using for working on the sewing machines?

    I've always wanted a nice Dremel tool, and I already have a decent sonic washer . . .

    DH and I will be making a trip into the Twin Cities some time next month, so that will be a good time to pick up supplies and tools.
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    Old 05-29-2015, 03:47 AM
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    I don't work on machines but I think a lighted adjustable big magnifier would be helpful.
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    Old 05-29-2015, 03:53 AM
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    LINK: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t243276.html

    The tool I have the hardest time finding is a good screw driver. For a sewing machine it needs a narrow, thin blade.
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    Cathy, I don't work on my Bernina but just wanted to say how great that you can share your passion with your husband. Have fun when you go out shopping for tools that you need.
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    Originally Posted by miriam
    LINK: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...s-t243276.html The tool I have the hardest time finding is a good screw driver. For a sewing machine it needs a narrow, thin blade.
    Oh yeah! Preferably in at least three different sizes, and make sure they are very sturdy. Those old screws can be stubborn.

    You have a good idea with getting a Dremel. A few good bits, like a medium grit grinding drum and some polishing pads, will save you hours!

    If you don't have a camera, I recommend getting maybe a basic digital one for taking pictures so when you're done taking the machine apart so you can remember how to put it back together. And if you don't already have it, Evaporust is pure magic for rust removal. Pick up a jug or two.
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    a note on screwdrivers. Get good ones, and I don't mean just name brand, I mean GUNSMITH screwdrivers. The flats are ground parallel. not tapered like most screwdrivers. your screw slots are straight sided meaning most screwdrivers only contact at the very top edge.

    http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod6739.aspx

    that is the first set I came across, they are pretty spendy but they don't damage stuff.
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    Old 05-29-2015, 06:15 AM
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    BTW - my husband was an auto and heavy equipment mechanic in his prior life - so we understand the importance of good tools. That's why my favorite finish sander is a Festool. Talk about getting spoiled!

    Also, so far my husband has not been impressed with the gunsmithing screwdrivers he's bought. Lots of money but he didn't feel the quality was there to justify the increased cost.
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    Old 05-29-2015, 06:16 AM
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    Lots and lots of small containers for Q-tips and cotton balls and holding parts for a machine you are working on. I never have enough containers! I like appropriately size cardboard boxes to for machines that come in-to hold them and all their larger attachments. They are nice to label and use as parts are removed, motors, foot controllers, lamps etc.
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    Large pads of some sort to put the machines on while working on them. I use small white cotton rugs, but wish I had a good white pad, so I could see things on them.
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    Old 05-29-2015, 06:27 AM
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    Originally Posted by barny
    Large pads of some sort to put the machines on while working on them. I use small white cotton rugs, but wish I had a good white pad, so I could see things on them.
    I use puppy potty pads. They work well and are disposable once they get too dirty.
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