Hello My Quilting Friends! I have a quick podcast for you today, filmed as I was up to my elbows with apple cider vinegar and scrubbing the rust from my Singer 12 treadle parts. Enjoy watching this podcast episode here:
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Cleaning the Singer 12 Treadle Machine
This vintage sewing machine might be over 140 years old, but it only cost me $60 so I'm loving the experience and experiment of taking it apart, cleaning all the pieces, and putting it back together again.
In this episode I talked a lot about restoring the Singer 12 which has involved 6 gallons of apple cider vinegar! While filming I was scrubbing off all the lingering rust and stopping the chemical reaction with baking soda.
The next step is to polish all the smooth pieces with Blue Magic Metal Polish. All the pieces that need painting will be sprayed with Rustoleum Hammered Finish black spray paint.
Just to showcase the difference in the pieces: here's the bobbin winding mechanism for the Singer 27 before polishing:
I carefully took all the pieces apart and polished each separately:
And here's how it turned out!
I love seeing the transformation of all these pieces. It's a lot of work, but so rewarding to see the pieces looking brand new and shiny silver.
The Singer 12 is still a long way from looking this good, but after this scrubbing I'm one step closer!
The materials I'm using are very simple:
Apple cider vinegar - soak the rusty pieces for 1-3 days to loosen and lift the rust
Blue Magic Metal Polish - make sure to use this in a well ventilated area with gloves!
Rustoleum Hammered Finish black spray paint - I wish I was being more gutsy with a brighter color, but the original machine was black so I feel like it needs to be repainted black. If I do this again I'm going red or white!