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Message Board > Sewing Machines > I just got the COOLEST Kenmore ever! ~ ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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I just got the COOLEST Kenmore ever! ~
but it stinks! suggestions??
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Date: 12/9/10 6:28 PM

I just got a Kenmore 54 ~ it's one of the coolest looking machines
I've ever seen! 50's retro styling, white with lilac accents, weighs a TON ~ I love it.
It was a bit grubby; I went all through it & it had too much oil & grease inside, but it looked pretty fresh, & now it's all spotless ~ but it still has a
weird musty, oily, cig smoke stink ~ I didn't think that metal absorbed smells, & I don't know what to do to it to get rid of it.
Any ideas?









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Date: 12/9/10 7:09 PM

I am going to suggest sitting it out in the sun for a couple of days but it's probably not the right time of year for you

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Date: 12/9/10 7:29 PM

There are quite a few threads here with ideas on smelly machines. I remember something about kitty litter, but don't take my word for it, I could be wrong! I have had good luck with a smelly dresser drawer by filling it with crumpled newspaper and leaving it for a week or so. What will we do when the papers all go electronic? Fill our drawers and wet shoes with leftover computer chips? LOL! Washing the windows with old ipod cases just wouldn't be the same...

If I were trying this with your machine, I would put it in a large cardboard box and cover the actual machine lightly with white tissue paper, just in case there is colour transfer from the newsprint ink. Of course, we would love some photos!

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Date: 12/9/10 8:09 PM

you could put it in a plastic garbage bag put some kind of deodorant in the bag. Leave it for a week or two. that probably should take care of it. you could also wash it with lemon dish soap and warm water gently. hope this helps.
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Date: 12/9/10 8:17 PM

I can attest to the fact that crumpled up newspaper will work on some of the worse smells you can imagine.

First the grease and oil in the machine will have absorbed odors, try to replace as much as you can.

Second, find a nice big tote that will easily fit the machine and lots of news paper. Cram it with crumpled news paper, put on the lid and leave it for a week. Repeat as needed. You can do this in your carport or garage or house.

Our family used the newspaper trick when my dad turned off the breaker to the deep freeze not the hot water tank one summer. We were away for three of the hottest weeks. The sight and smell of that deep freeze was revolting.

But after a month of cramming it with newspaper (this was after trying every other trick in the book) the smell was gone. I now have the deep freeze 30+ years later and you would never know the condition it was once in.

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Date: 12/9/10 8:20 PM

SUN ?? Oh, yeah, I remember; that big light that shines through the rain
occasionally ~ I think I saw it last sometime in October ...
& if I'm lucky, we might see it again in March!
I'll keep that idea in mind, though (for the summer!) thanks!

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Date: 12/9/10 9:00 PM

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Washing the windows with old ipod cases just wouldn't be the same

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Date: 12/9/10 9:04 PM

I had a similar Kenmore with a similar problem. I placed a small container (butter tub sized) with an inch or two of coffee in it, then covered the machine with a plastic bag, to trap everything inside. Coffee is quite reactive with off odors. After a few days, the smell was gone.

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Date: 12/9/10 9:56 PM

After 10 days without power (thanks, Hurricane Ike!), our refrigerator smelled like death. Really. All the scrubbing in the world didn't get the smell out. As a last ditch effort, I put a plate of activated aquarium charcoal in both the 'fridge and freezer parts, and closed it up for 24 hours. The next day, it smelled almost new, so I put new plates of the charcoal in for another day. When I went to take them out, it smelled BRAND NEW - not a hint of rotting meat!! I got the charcoal at Petsmart for ~$11 for a half-gallon milk container's worth.

I would also like to say that WE did not leave meat in the fridge for all that time, my in-laws rode out the storm with us and filled my freezer with all the meat from their house, without telling us. Most of the packaging their meat was in had holes, so all the juices etc leaked out. I can't even begin to tell you how disgusting it was the first time we opened the refrigerator.

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Date: 12/9/10 11:20 PM

This is great to hear about the newspaper trick. I had to use the carbon once in a cabinet.

I had the same problem with my Singer 201, and the inside of the cabinet drawers. I tried filling each drawer with baking soda for weeks, then rubbing with lemon, then rubbing with vanilla oil, and finally what took it out was crumpled up Bounce sheets in there for many weeks! I had to put all the manuals in a ziplock with coffee grinds. It did help, but not all the way. Those manuals still stink.

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