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Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2018, 18:53:54 PM »
Not much in tins these days, but I can buy a reasonably large bottle of basic sewing machine oil at a place originally aimed for tools and car related stuff. These days they have sections for kitchen items, dogs/horse stuff, etc., and in the section for bikes there is a bottle of the basic oil, sewing machine / chain oil.

If you want larger containers of it, I guess it would be labled "pure acid free mineral oil", and thickness something like SAE 10.

The only thing worth ordering from the US would be TriFlow, I'm not sure who sells it in Europe. I can get Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube in bike stores, it has teflon and perfect viscosity for sewing machines. You can easily find equivalents near you if you just go to the right store.

Drops of white spirit for sticky metal gears; various spray can stuff for much the same purpose; labeled something in the direction of anti-rust, tool-box on can, TF2 spray with teflon, WD-40, CRC 5-56, PB blaster,...  For polishing up, Auto Glym Super resin polish, I guess most places in the UK have more stuff to choose from than my city. I recently noticed a UK seller on ebay who has a special carnauba based Featherweight polish, it will give a deeper shine than the resin liquid. The resin based polish tend to last longer.

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Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2019, 13:02:55 PM »
This thread is a godsend!
Just (last night) picked up a 1913 treadle 66k and today I’ve started cleaning her. She’s a ‘bit’ worse for wear... I’d love to get her working again, I think it’s possible as nothing seems seized up at this stage.
But there is rust on some bits (not the mechanical bits as far as I can see...)
Is there anything that’s a suitable half decent rust remover?
I know she will never ‘gleam’ unless I start replacing bits, but I’d like to keep her like she was when she left Clydebank
Thanks

@Roger

Edited to say: I’ve found the thread about cleaning metal bits (?) and have bought some Autosol. The face plate is coming up a treat with that and a LOT of elbow grease!
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No such thing as too much fabric

Roger

Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2019, 21:44:25 PM »
Enjoy your sewing machine :) if nothing is seized that is a great place to start from, 66K are cute I especially love the Egyptian decals model. If you have questions just holler and we'll be happy to help!


This thread is a godsend!
Just (last night) picked up a 1913 treadle 66k and today I’ve started cleaning her. She’s a ‘bit’ worse for wear... I’d love to get her working again, I think it’s possible as nothing seems seized up at this stage.
But there is rust on some bits (not the mechanical bits as far as I can see...)
Is there anything that’s a suitable half decent rust remover?
I know she will never ‘gleam’ unless I start replacing bits, but I’d like to keep her like she was when she left Clydebank
Thanks

@Roger

Edited to say: I’ve found the thread about cleaning metal bits (?) and have bought some Autosol. The face plate is coming up a treat with that and a LOT of elbow grease!
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

mums sewing machine

Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2019, 23:37:44 PM »
@Roger Thanks - I will holler, probably a lot  :D
No such thing as too much fabric

Wychall

Re: Cleaning VSMs: Tips, Tricks & Tools
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2019, 17:49:36 PM »
I swear by Autosol, but with a painful shoulder elbow grease is in short supply. I recommend a small multi tool such as a Dremel (or a cheaper version available from Aldi/Lidl) which makes it a breeze. I've just polished all my 'new' 66K's shiny bits in just over an hour. Gleam, gleam!
Present 'garage' contains 2 x 28K hand crank, 99K hand crank, 66K hand crank, 66K treadle, 201K treadle, 99K electric, 416, 6104, 401G, Futura 1000, Innovis NV1250 and a Jones CS treadle. New arrival Brother XE1 Stellaire
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