Restoration #1

 While my sample quilt project is on the run, I made a detour - My scrap bag was full, and I wanted to used the pieces up ASAP. It led to the birth of this haphazard medley... Scraps pieced in no order and no plan-ahead. Civil war reproductions, 30s reproductions, modern, pastoral, urban... all mixed up!

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My goal is to make a twin size quilt, using a divide-and-conquer method to assemble the blocks up with my Vintage Singer 15-90.

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She is now sitting happily on the cabinet that I acquired last Sunday. I love the knee pedal! It works much better than before.

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Ahhh... She is gorgeous!

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So gorgeous that I kept taking photos of her! Every penny that I spent on her is totally worth it!

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I can't waiting quilting with her. It will be a test-run for my sampler quilt, and to practice my quilting skills. 

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And I didn't forget my other two vintage machines. I started with the 15-91. I took it out from the cabinet and spent a night to clean and polish it. I didn't touch the wires and motor. Trained as an Engineer and graduated from the reputable Engineering Science program at University of Toronto, I am nevertheless not mechanically and electronically inclined. I hate them! So, it will be the technician's job to restore them.

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The sheen and lustre... can you believe that she was born in 1936! I am sure she is gonna be another gorgeous sewing machine. Her only imperfection is the vanishing decal of the "Eye" in the centre. It is not recoverable.

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And here is the 201-3. He (yeah... I feel obligated to use the masculine "He") is more rectilinear and bony. He looks like a man. Singer 15-90/91 have very feminine curves. Ironically, 201 is a dressmaker's machine, and 15 is a tailor's machine!

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He is still in his original condition...

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I am fortunate that my local Canadian Tire carries all the necessary products for me to recondition my machine. I especially like the Turtle Wax.

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It made a big difference on the Japan black finish as your can see from the photos above.

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Also, I "transformed" the cantilevered condition of the table extension to a simple-supported one. As a structural engineer I don't want to over load the hinges when a whole quilt is put on this tiny table...

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And lastly, today I went back to Canadian Tire again and got this. I heard it is wonderful for cleaning and polishing the metal parts. Gotta try it!