Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Clean as a whistle

     Two machines came my way to give a spa treatment. The Singer 66 was a bit dirty, dusty, needed a new belt, but mostly polishing and oiling. Sews like a dream. My friend found it at Savers for $7.00. I showed it in its dirty state here. She has to find a home for it. The case was cleaned, given a coat of Minwax Antique Oil finish and buffed. Just lovely.

My favorite! No smell or harshness
    The other machine, a Universal SAMP, was the crudiest I ever have cleaned. It had oily dirt and a thick orangish brown crud was on every metal part and also on the paint in places. My favorite go to cleaner is Krud Kutter. It has no smell and dissolves it quick and completely. Many rags and wooden sticks later, the machine emerged. It had been totally frozen up. I got everything to move with copious oil and heat. However, I had to buy the manual online in order to figure out the straight stitching. I would have never figured it out. It was like, push this lever to the right, turn this dial here, push the lever back to the left, etc. Total madness. However it sews with a very strong motor. Not my favorite machine, although very soundly built. I was pining to sew on my simple 301 which I did today. 

I always take the bottom of a jean leg and turn it into a pouch for the cord and and foot controller so they don't scratch
the machine paint.


Missy Shay said...

What a great deal on that Red Eye!

Mary said...

I love the idea for a foot and cord pouch.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

That is a great re-use of a jeans part. The tapered bottom of the leg is usually too narrow to cut squares for my quilts so now I'll cut that off first and then cut up the seam to get to the rest.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've not heard of Krud Kutter before. I have a 301 that I just can't get all the cigarette tar off of. I'll see if I can find that product.

Mystic Quilter said...

I love the Singer!!

Dre in PA said...

Nicotine. Argh. I'll bet it smells ten times better too.
Next time (oh there's always a next time) Howard's Finish Restorer helps with the scratch marks.