Sunday, November 8, 2015

Paint Along. How It Works.

The goal for the paint along is to create a complete tutorial through a series of blog posts.

Post 1:  Cleaning Supplies, and tips for choosing paint
Post 2:  Removing Bits and Pieces
Post 3:  Cleaning the Surface
Post 4:  Shiny Metal
Post 5:  Sand Before Painting
Post 6:  Painters Tape and Toothpicks
Post 7:  Actual Paint from Guest Photographers
Post 8:  First Two Coats of Paint
Post 9:  3rd Coat of Paint
Post 10: Decals

You can join in at any time, right up to the time that I finish my own machine and write the last blog post on the topic.  You can join in at your own level of comfort:

  • as someone who is just reading the posts as we go along
  • as a reader who is working on her own machine as we go along 
  • as a PARTICIPANT who reports (by email or blog comment) on her own experiences as we go along
  • as a CONTRIBUTOR who not only reports, but sends in photos (by email) of her own work as we go along
My email address is

I will go back and edit earlier posts as participants and contributors send in comments and photos.  For example, if we are in week 8 and you send in a photo of the supplies you assembled for week 1's post, I will add your photo to the week 1 post.  This way all of the relevant information for each step will stay together, and whenever you join in your contributions will be valuable to the whole project.

A photo credit will appear under each photo submitted by contributors.  I will use your first name only (photo by Susan) unless you request something else such as your full name, or "anonymous"

If you have been a regular participant or contributor and you are not finished at the time I write the last blog post on my own machine, you can still send in your own comments and photos and I will continue to go back and add them to the earlier posts.

I reserve the right to change my mind about how all of this will work at any time.  For example, if 300 people start sending in photos every week I won't be able to cope!  So far, no danger of that.

Rules of the Road

Please do not criticize the choices anyone makes about what they do with their own machine.  

Please (please PLEASE) do not post any advice unless it is something that you know FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE.  

There is bogus advice floating around about sewing machines that keeps getting repeated over and over again.  There are a couple of long running wars over such advice, one about needles and another one about a modification that you can or cannot make to a certain model of Singer.  

On this blog I do sometimes pass along information from sources I personally trust but I always make clear the difference between that and something I have experimented with myself.  For this paint along to be useful, we need to stick to what we personally have discovered for ourselves.


  1. Sounds good Cheryl, promise not to send 300 pics :)

  2. Looking forward to reading the posts!

  3. I would like to follow along as an interested bystander! There are several machines in my 'collection' I wouldn't mind stripping down and starting over with, but don't have the time right now.

  4. I have a couple of White Rotary machines that would like a repaint someday, but I don't have the time right now. This will be fun to watch.

  5. Oh, I have a class 15 clone I'd love to repaint. Thanks for doing this.

  6. I have a Singer Redeye, I think it is a model 66.

  7. I have a Singer Redeye, I think it is a model 66.


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