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Hdale85
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Date: 7/30/10 6:47 PM

I picked up the old singer today, Looks like serial #AA900809 which puts the manufacture date at 1926. Pretty excited as it's the oldest thing in my house now...lol So I do need to pick up a few parts, there is a little blue like rubber O-ring that's completely rotted and then the belt. I found the bobbin case cover already on ebay.

The cabinet is in ok shape, I'll probably keep an eye out for another one. The machine it self looks PRETTY good but there are a couple chips in the paint on the base. The rest of it looks pretty good but needs a lot of cleaning.

The lady also had a treadle, it looks pretty similar to my model 66 but the head cover was flat instead of curved. I looked up the serial number and it was made in 1905. I would of gladly taken it as it was in very good shape but I don't think she wanted to get rid of it. I was curious what you guys think a 1905 Treadle that's in excellent shape would be worth?

What kind of cleaners work good? I saw a post but I have some heavy duty degreaser, is that ok to wipe the machine down with?

I'll post up some pics later.
-- Edited on 7/30/10 6:49 PM --

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Date: 7/30/10 8:24 PM

Please be REALLY careful with the heavy duty cleaner. I don't know all the details, but many things are reputed to damage the decals on old Singers, often by turning them from gold to silver. (Reminds me of the story of the Olympic Gold Medal winner who was so proud of the medal, that he had it bronzed!)

Have fun with your 66. I love mine.

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Date: 7/30/10 8:46 PM

Well that's why I was asking, I won't use it on there if it's going to damage it. I have read some people using WD-40 but that doesn't smell to pleasant.

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Date: 7/30/10 9:39 PM

I cleaned my 1915 model 66 with only sewing machine oil. The metal plates and screws, I took off and cleaned with Brasso. I also very carefully cleaned some of the silver metal on the machine with Brasso. This worked great for me. My inside wasn't too bad but in my research I keep hearing about WD40.

As far the treadle, in my area they're mostly listed around $150 and up. But looking three hours away, I saw a treadle in great condition with all its attachments and such for only $75. Look up treadles on CL and see what they're going for in your area. Personally, I have the tendency to be willing to pay a bit more depending on how impatient I am. I stopped waiting for those great deals to come up and will settle for a good deal.
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Date: 7/30/10 10:55 PM

Well I was mostly wondering because they asked me. I thought some of the older ones were worth a lot.

I tihnk I'll make up a solution of baby shampoo (the plain kind) and water and try cleaning with that. Baby shampoo is very very gentle which is why they recommend it for a lot of things like tinted windows.
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Date: 7/30/10 11:57 PM

I use to think they'd be worth more, too, but they were made by the millions. I was shocked at the quantities allotted when I was looking up the date on my treadle. The machines, especially like my 66, are plentiful as they don't obviously disintegrate. But while cabinets in good condition are fewer, there's still plenty. Of course if they clean it up really good and shiney, I believe they'd be more likely to get a buyer at a higher price.

In any case, enjoy you "new" machine! I'm starting to see the fun in getting these vintage machines up and running.

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Date: 7/31/10 0:19 AM

Yeah, I just started disassembling this one and already have a bunch of CL pages up of other machines lol....

Here are some pics of my 66. The cabinet isn't in the greatest shape, like I said there are a few dings in it. But heck I got it for 15 bucks! I went over there fully willing to pay 20 but the lady was like "well he can just have it for 15 if he wants".


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The last couple images are one, where the table broke? It's a spring loaded piece. The last picture is the plug socket, I guess the spring loaded piece goes down by rubbing against this socket? Anyways it broke the socket, so not sure if I can find a new one of these? It'll be something that irks me if I don't replace it lol.
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Date: 7/31/10 0:20 AM

Even if it's very very grungy, start with the simplest, least damaging cleaning technique first [edited to add:] but in your case, I can't imagine needing anything other than sewing machine oil on the japanning and decals.[end edit]. Often, that will do the trick and it puts delicate decals in least danger. I always start with just sewing machine oil on old t-shirt scraps and rub very lightly to begin with. If that doesn't seem to do the trick, I'll give it a good oiling and sit it in the car all day. That will often loosen old oil and grunge that has solidified, making it easy to clean off. It also helps soak oil into all the working areas and goes a long way to making the machine move smoothly.

Then I progress to 0000 (4 zeros) steel wool, but NO SCRUBBING. Tear off a bit, wet it with sewing machine oil and then very VERY lightly rub (and always test this action on decals in a less conspicuous area, such as behind the pillar. go VERY lightly and make sure there's a good layer of sewing machine oil to lubricate the movement of the steel wool over the machine head. Clear off loosened dirt and excess oil with t-shirt scraps.

Only if that doesn't work do I move on to stronger cleaners--my personal preference is actually an automotive degreaser that I found at Wal-Mart. Comes in a purple jug similar to an anti-freeze jug. I cut that 16:1 (16 = water) or 8:1 in really REALLY bad cases. Again, work GENTLY and carefully. it's worth your time and trouble to protest your decals--you'll never get them back.
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Date: 7/31/10 2:11 AM

And here she is after a little cleaning.

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The motor and stuff are still not hooked up, I need to get some wire and rewire the light and motor as the wire on them is pretty dry rotted. Then I need to order a power cable for it. A few other parts, hopefully in a couple weeks she'll be running. Spinning the wheel though it's very smooth after I oiled it up real good, even before that it was pretty darn smooth. So I think it's going to perform awesome. I'm a bit nervous about trying to get the tension right though. We'll see how it goes.

Edit: Yikes! Didn't realize the mess in the background.... please excuse it I've been slacking on my chores! Haha!
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Date: 7/31/10 12:57 PM

Ha! Didn't even see the background until you pointed it out. It's cleaned up nicely thus far.

From the pictures, the cabinet looks in good condition. That's got to be worth more than $15 alone. I think you might be able to get away with using a finish restorer and no actual sanding after washing it up with some Murphy's wood soap. Maybe some of the pros con weigh in more on that.

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