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Date: 7/2/11 0:23 AM

I am not trying to flood the boards, but thought that this deserved it's own topic. :-)

I was on a quest to find a Featherweight, but was reminded that my parents still have my great grandmother's machine at their house and decided to check it out first. It's a beautiful 66 Redeye!

Now, I understand that it is not that rare or valuable of machine, but in terms of family value, it is priceless (was one of my great grandmother's prized items that made it through the repossession of their farm during the Depression.)

I found a manual online and am now researching refurbishing. I would like to try to DIY it as much as possible. It appears to have been wired at some point (frayed and rather disgusting wire wrapped around the machine) I took such a cursory glance that I couldn't tell if there was even still a motor inside. (it was night and in the attic = me being a weenie. )

The decals appear to be in great condition (under dust). It will definitely need some cleaning and polishing. The handwheel turns freely and there isn't any grinding when the needle is moving. One of the silver ornaments on the front will need a soak in some Evaporust (hopefully that can be done).

I am trying to take it out of the treadle so that my mom can keep the cabinet (plus, I have no room for a cabinet in my apartment), thus, it will also have to have a case to sit in.

Does anyone have any suggestions for refurbishing/rewiring resources for this machine?

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Date: 7/2/11 1:58 AM

You could snoop around on Sew Classic's website. I know that Jenny G. (owner of the store) refurbishes machines and sells some parts. She also has a blog and articles on such things.

SewClassic.com

If you do end up ordering anything from that site, know that her shipping has been IMMEDIATE on any orders I've had with her and her shipping is very reasonable.

Here is a direct link to her articles Sew Classic Vintage Sewing Machine Repair
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Date: 7/2/11 2:11 AM

For myself...I know nothing about refurbishing a vintage sm...but have read on several threads that water will turn gold decals silver...water makes gold decals "lose" their gold color.

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Date: 7/2/11 7:58 AM

Tools for self reliance sewing machine refurbishing

Really, really detailed instructions.

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Date: 7/2/11 8:47 AM

Vintage Singers Yahoo Group

and

WeFixIt Yahoo Group

are two sources of good information. Once you join, you can go to their home pages (where the link takes you for joining) and read their "Files" and also "Search" the discussion posts. When you join, you might want to select read-Web-Only instead of receiving all the email posts.

NeedleBar is another very good resource of information.

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Date: 7/2/11 3:08 PM

Thanks for the info! I found the sew classic blog last night and began reading. I also found a man's video on youtube detailing how he made his wife's redeye motorized using a massage cushion motor- HA!

I have been looking on ebay and the sewclassic site and can get a new motor and light for about $50 together. I don't intend on mounting the motor on the machine, rather, underneath the machine in either the treadle or the case (can't decide if I want to keep it in the treadle- I know that I can always put it back later, but I might have found room in the apartment. *evil grin*) If I keep it in the treadle, that is going to add a whole new dimension to the restoration process as the wood finish is pretty bad looking at the platform that the machine is hinged to will have to be replaced. Sigh.

I am heading over to my parents' house again today to try to remove the machine and any parts I find and take it home with me to begin the research and restoration process. I am really excited about this! It deserves a second chance at life; hopefully, I won't kill it!

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Date: 7/2/11 4:30 PM

Here is a blog post I did on Cleaning up vintage Singers.

This is just the basic clean-up, nothing about re-wiring, but you might find it helpful ... come on by! :)

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Date: 7/3/11 1:49 PM

Thanks Jillybe! Yeah, definitely will be re-enameling the handwheel (I was dumb and put it in the oxobrite... BAH!)

Progress: So. Much. Rust. Granted, this machine is not in the worst shape it could be in, but dang.

I am waiting for the various vintage and repair yahoo groups to accept my membership, but for know, aside from CLR and Naval Jelly rust remover, does anyone know how to remove rust from screws reasonably easily? I can't get evaporust locally (at least not from my research- any Dallas-ites know?), so i might have to resort to ordering some online. Sigh. I keep telling myself that is will be worth it... :-P

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Date: 7/3/11 1:53 PM

Sorry this photo is gianormous... but here's Fleta! [Flee-ta] named after my great grandmother. :-)

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Date: 7/3/11 6:14 PM

She will be a lovely lady when you are finished with her; especially since she belonged to your Grandmother, right? Terri

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