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Thread: Why Tri-flow?

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    Super Member ArchaicArcane's Avatar
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    I think the main reason you don't see the lube in most of those places is that newer machines don't need the lube in the motor, and I haven't seen a lot of newer machines with gears. Mostly belts. There's not a lot of call for the Singer Lube anymore, so the big box type stores (and I'm lumping Joanne's and Fabricland (Canada) in here too) don't see enough of a market for it, and drop it. Wal-Mart used to carry it, about a year or two ago here. That's where I bought my first tube,... I think. That said, the tube lasts a LONG time. The reason I ran into trouble is that I was repairing machines. There were easily 10 machines I did gears and filled grease tubes on. If you ordered when you had 1/2 to a 1/3 of a tube left, you'd be more than fine. In the US, shipping is quick. My problem is, Sew-Classic won't ship chemicals over the border, so I need another source. That and in the 2 weeks it takes to clear customs, even if I could get it here, I'd still be looking for an interim solution.

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    guess what! I went to ebay canada, put in tri flow as a search, and a bunch popped up. Yes, shipping is a little pricy(4 bucks a bottle), but that still is do-able. Amazon Canada has it also, but only in a 12-pack.
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    Thanks for that! I didn't even try e-bay. Amazon only has the oil. I've been able to find that at MEC, for $.40 more a bottle and I don't have to buy 12 at a time. The Grease has been the tough one. I see fleabay has that.

    Hah! $4 a bottle is nothing. You should see the other listings. $25 and $31 a bottle. Hence the reason I gave up on ebay and Amazon.

    Believe it or not, even with the $4 shipping, it's still cheaper than the "supply place" that can order it here.

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    My mom used to say: "Where there's a will, there's a way." You just proved it.

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    Thanks Joe,.. that's sounds so much better than Stubborn as a Mule,... which I've also heard as a way to describe me.

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    Yeah I figured that was the case with the lube and big stores. No demand because I don't think some quilters (especially in this town) even hold onto their machines lOng enough to oil and grease them. They want the latest and greatest it seems. But I thought it was funny, the other day I asked the Viking dealer in my Joanne's (can you tell that's like the only fabric store within 40 minutes of me?) if they knew of any "vintage" sewing repairmen, she came back at me and said "define vintage?" I answered 60's or 70's her reply was " like featherweight vintage." finally I told her the make and model of the machine an promptly added that I could fix a featherweight on my own. Turns out the guy won't touch my touch and sew. I'll see about giving her some attention once I come back from this trip.
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    Won't touch it? That's pretty sad. I wonder what puts him off, the self winding bobbin, or the "old" part. 60s and 70s is FW era? Technically they were manufactured to 1970, but their heyday sure wasn't the hippie era.
    You're best off doing all your maintenance yourself if that's what the local shop is saying...

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    Yeah I thought the same thing about the featherweight and being the same era. I was just curious really to know if I had the potential to have a back up plan for my touch & sew guess im looking at determination as a back up. Lol
    Proud owner of: Eleanor, a 1896 Willcox & Gibbs Chain Stitch Treadle; Tucci, a 1952 Singer Featherweight; my mothers Singer Touch & Sew 758; Brother XR 6060
    1910 Singer 66; Singer 99K Shadow, 1929 Singer 128 (currently w/hand crank)

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    I think determination and a certain quilting board can get you through it.

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