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Thread: Who doesn't love a before and after?

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    Who doesn't love a before and after?

    Elbow grease works.
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    Looking good!

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    You've really gotten that sewing machine looking great. Would you share what you did to achieve the results? What type cleaner did you use, did you use sandpaper, etc. Did you soak the inner workings in some type of oil?
    Sew a Little, Love a Lot & Live like you were dying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
    You've really gotten that sewing machine looking great. Would you share what you did to achieve the results? What type cleaner did you use, did you use sandpaper, etc. Did you soak the inner workings in some type of oil?
    I am also interested in this information.

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    ​Great job!

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    Sammie1, you tease. More pictures and lots of descriptions, pleeease...

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    You are right! That is a beautiful transformation and love it!

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    Gorgeous!!

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    Information PLEASE!! Nice job!
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    From what I can tell so far, this is a rare 201-2 and I'll show you why in a bit.

    When I got this machine, I couldn't turn it over by hand. Also, the motor wasn't coming on.
    So I cleaned it up first with simple green. Then used some polish to get some of the imperfections out. Then wiped the outside down with linseed oil.

    I got the machine unstuck and then got the motor going. After a lot of cleaning, oiling, greasing, I had gotten it to this point. This was with the button on the foot pedal pushed all the way down.


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    So, I still had my work cut out for me.

    I made sure I hadn't missed anything while cleaning, used more oil and let it soak. I kept turning it over by hand and sometimes with the motor. It wasn't improving that much.

    Okay, time to dig into the motor. I decided first to see if the motor was lubricated. Opened up the area where the grease wicks are located and found hardened grease and wicks that were like rocks.
    I carefully removed them from the springs and put new wicks in. Then filled it back up with vaseline.

    Tried it again and it was still lugging but it was getting better. So I ran it for a few minutes to get the motor warmed up and the vaseline to melt.

    And then she woke up from her quarter century (or more per the previous owner) slumber.


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    WOW!!! You did a fantastic job. It is beautiful.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    So then we come to why this thing isn't the typical 201-2.

    It's a blackside machine from 1941. The black head plate isn't painted. When I first looked at it, I thought perhaps it was tarnished, but it isn't. Best I can tell is because of WWII, Singer couldn't chrome metal because of shortages. So, they went with black. And they used up their current stock which is why some pieces aren't black.
    In the pictures, you can see all of the black items that are normally chrome or nickel. Pictures don't do this machine justice. I've included a better shot of the black headplate because it's difficult to show in pictures while on the machine.

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    And she's keeping up with the times. Got her new LED bulb.

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    Lovely, simply lovely. Congratulations on a fantastic job and on your beautiful 201

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    Beautiful, nice going! A word of caution about using Simple Green though. You were lucky, your clear coat must be in good condition. You could have very well destroyed the decals. Any water based cleaner is generally a no-no on the black Japanned machines.

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    Bravo! Great job on the 201. Love it.
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    Okay, what is rare about it? It looks awesome, great work
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbeadit View Post
    Okay, what is rare about it? It looks awesome, great work
    Check out post #13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    Beautiful, nice going! A word of caution about using Simple Green though. You were lucky, your clear coat must be in good condition. You could have very well destroyed the decals. Any water based cleaner is generally a no-no on the black Japanned machines.

    Cari
    I have a feeling that no matter what you do to these things, someone will say it was the wrong thing to do. :P

    As always YMMV.

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    You can't argue with success. And I noticed in your before picture that the base center and paperclip decals where in pretty good shape. The machine looked worse - not for wear, but storage.
    Where did you source the led lamp?

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    It has some chips here and there and needed the polishing. It's not a heavily used machine but it shows signs of being banged around a bit.
    The bulb is from sew-classic. It pops in like the other bulbs, no modification necessary. The light fixture remained cool to the touch while I was using it last night. It's a whiter light than the traditional but it's nice and bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    Beautiful, nice going! A word of caution about using Simple Green though. You were lucky, your clear coat must be in good condition. You could have very well destroyed the decals. Any water based cleaner is generally a no-no on the black Japanned machines.

    Cari
    You are so right! I destroyed a portion of the decals on a beautiful machine using what I thought was a safe water-based cleaner! Live and learn!
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    Sammi1, that is one beautiful machine! I'm so glad it was you who found her you've done an outstanding job!
    Linda
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    wow the LED bulbs are great.....several vendors at "Road to California" had them ....some were packaged with a piece of vinyl tubing as a bulb 'puller' .......the light is very bright and they do not heat up...no more burnt hands or arms when sewing.....loving it ! my 301A and my Daughters Featherweight 221 are now in the 21st century.

    yes. we did save the 'original style' bulbs.

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    Great job on the clean up. You brought back memories of the machine I learned to sew on. My mom got married in 1941, so I'm assuming she got a machine that year. She made all of my sister's & my clothes. I don't remember how much metal her machine had. I do have the cabinet that the machine sat in, but with a 1960's Singer machine I got when I went to college.

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