|319 shown in the handy enameled metal pan that catches all the drippy oil|
I did ask her, twice, if she was sure she wanted to get rid of it. She was sure. This time I did not try to talk her out of it, as I have done with other people before.
It was very grubby.
The cabinet, not shown, had also seen better days.
I've been craving a 319 to play with. Those "typewriter keys" are fascinating.
So here's what I did. I'm not going to go into the exhaustive detail of a full tutorial, I just want to convey to newbies that this is an easy job to tackle. Not quick, but easy.
The 319 is a good choice for the blog because on a pale green machine the dirt is easy to see and photograph. Just try photographing dirt on black cast iron!
First, I take off everything that will come off and clean each piece as it comes off.
Not shown: remove the bobbin case, bobbin slide cover, feed dog cover, and needle. I also take off the upper thread guide and the bobbin winder guide on the bed. None of these things will get "messed up" by removing them, although you will have to get the bobbin winder guide lined up with the bobbin winder (by winding a bobbin slowly and moving the guide it back and forth until it is lined up). I don't mess with tensioners (yet, anyhow) and if you take one of those apart it has lots of pieces. and springs. The list of things that I recommend you remove all come off one way and go back on the same one way. You won't mess up your machine. Trust me on this.
For anything that sticks, and the feed dog cover screws often do, use sewing machine oil and a hair dryer. Make sure you have a screwdriver that fits the slot in the screw. Repeat the oil and heat until it loosens and comes out.
For the non-painted metal bit (and those alone!) you can drop them into a small container of rubbing alcohol to dissolve away the dried up old sewing machine oil, sometimes called "varnish" because that's what it looks like. But that's not what it is. You can let them soak. Attack stubborn gunk on them with a soft toothbrush.
Non-pumice orange GoJo is a hand cleaner available at some auto supply shops and on Amazon. Designed for auto mechanics, it is made specifically to melt greasy dirt away, in a skin-safe non-toxic way.
Put the GoJo on with a soft toothbrush. If you are my age or close to it, you are probably visiting your dentist and your periodontist at regular intervals. They shower you with toothbrushes. That's the only good thing about all those visits. That, and not losing all your teeth, which is the fate they foretell for those that stop making those expensive visits.
At first the GoJo just sits there, but scrub it around gently and it will dissolve and dissolve much of the gunky greasy dirt along with it.
Once you are just moving dissolved gunk around, stop and just wipe it off with a rag. It works amazingly well.
Take off the access covers and other large removable bits and clean them with the GoJo. No need to rinse, there will be one more step that will remove any GoJo residue.
|spool pin holder and back access port cover|
|Motor and light assembly--leave them connected to one another|
They come off as shown below
|The motor bolt is immediately below the handwheel|
|Remove the spool pin holder and you will have access to the screw that holds the light fixture|
|bobbin winder screws|
There's more about removing motors and handwheels and bobbin winders here.
In the cracks and crevices where a toothbrush is too large, a q-tip will do the job. When the q-tip is too large, try a toothpick.
|bobbin winder guide|
It's the little touches that make all the difference. Getting the dirt out from under the upper thread guide and the bobbin winder guide is really only possible if you take the darn things off.
After the removable parts are clean I tackle the stripped down machine (shown clean below). I clean both the interior and the exterior, but the interior on this one was very clean. And this post will be quite long enough!
If, however you have a nice glossy, or even just a decent finish, do everything except the bottom or underneath part of the machine again with TR-3. I did tell you that this is not a quick job.
TR-3 is also available at the auto parts store. It's original purpose is to safely clean and polish a car's paint job. Apply it with a soft cloth, let it dry thoroughly (takes a while, as in: go do something else). Polish it off with a clean soft dry cloth. This will both give you a nice gloss, or at the very least a nice glow, and it also leaves a protective finish.
While the top is off, use a toothpick to remove old dried lubricant from the gears, followed by a good scrub with sewing machine oil and yet another soft toothbrush. Oil the points that need oil, top and bottom, and lube the gears.
|just like Alfred Hitchcock, I often make a cameo appearance. In my case this is never planned however.|
Can't wait to play with it. But the recently acquired Wheeler & Wilson No. 8 treadle, circa 1878, is calling my name even louder than this one is. So many sewing machines, and, even with the leisure that comes with retirement, so little time.