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    Old 04-03-2012, 05:47 PM
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    Originally Posted by miriam
    try heat - lock it in your car on a warm day
    Yes heat is usually the answer to the sticky situations like this one. I use a hair drier or heat gun depending on the severity of the suck part. But you need to be careful not to get it too ht if you have already soaked it with a rust inhibitor, it will get hot and catch on fire! I can not tell you how many machines I have gotten unstuck with heart.

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    Old 04-03-2012, 11:53 PM
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    I had a Japanese 15 clone in the back of my car all day yesterday. I had oiled it up the day before. The feed dog piece was kind of hard to turn after I oiled it up. But after setting in the back of the car all day, it moved very easily last night.
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    Old 04-04-2012, 03:35 AM
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    Well, I guess I'll try the heat. I should have thought of that. Sitting it in the car won't work for me. It's not that warm yet and when the temps start climbing..... I head up north to the UP of Michigan. So, I'll take the hair dryer downstairs and give that a try. I am determined to get that knob loose..... hope i can do it.
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    Old 04-04-2012, 01:29 PM
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    Did the entire mechanism get oiled. From the hole under the hand wheel and the port in back behind the large port cover. All of these parts need to be oiled for the knob to turn freely. You will get the knob loose, just do not rush.
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    Old 04-04-2012, 01:58 PM
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    If a picture would help find the oil spots it can be located in a book called "HOW TO REFURBISH SEWING MACINES" and it can be downloaded from the web. This is the link: http://www.tfsr.org Tools for Self Reliance.The section you need is (2)E-2, E-3 and E-4 Refurbishment - Top of machine.
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    Old 04-04-2012, 02:59 PM
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    Ummmm, I read and re-read this thread just to be sure, but what brand and model machine are we working on?

    Just curious.

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    Old 04-04-2012, 04:40 PM
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    The machine I'm working on is a Singer model 27 treadle.... made in 1899. My brother had purchased it and then he died.... about 10 years ago. My sister-in-law gave it to me last week. She wanted to get it to me sooner but stuff happened and it sat in a storage unit for several years. I don't know if it was working or not when my brother bought it. He figured I'd get it to working....... so I'm trying to do just that. It was really dirty..... lots of lint packed in under the feed dog, rust on the bobbin winder so it wouldn't even move. I've gotten everything loosened except that stubborn stitch regulator. I threaded it up and it sews.... ordered a new belt..... and I read Glenn's refinishing steps to get the shellac looking good again. I don't want to start refinishing until I get that regulator moving.

    I have located the opening under the wheel and removed the wheel to get at it easier. I took the plate off on the back. I'm working on getting this thing oiled, heated, and thanks to Ken..... I started looking through that refinishing book. He had some other suggestions as well. So I really do appreciate everyone's suggestions..... I'm working on it...... being patient...... I'll get this!!

    You all are the greatest.... and I'll keep you posted!
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    Oh it's one of the older ones - just turn it upside down and drop some oil in the inside of the lever - look for anything that moves in that area and drop some oil - get it nice and warm and try to move it - never force it.
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    I have also used Blast Buster with good results. Spray it on and let it set a few hours. No heat is required or at least I have not had to use any heat yet. You can get it at Auto zone.
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    Old 04-05-2012, 06:25 PM
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    Well, I used heat today and cleaned out everything I could..... still won't budge. I'm going to try the blaster tonight and see what happens in the morning..... I think this knob is rusted too much to get loose...... one more day of trying to loose it..... cross your fingers.
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