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I needed to clean the inside of my machine. I cleaned underneath the machine and then under the face plate, I clean both the same way.
I even found a needle in there! Make sure you do not lose your screws, I usually put them in a bowl, some people use egg cartons to put pieces in, in the order they come off. I have not ventured to take apart more than the face plate yet.
So that is how I clean a machine head. It takes a lot of elbow grease and time, but well worth it. So far I have spent about three to five hours on this machine and it still needs a lot of work!
Don't forget to oil your machine when you are done, these old ladies love their oil!
Update: My friend Sue wanted to add a few hints: :Be sure to only use non pumice GOJO. I also use the cosmetic cotton pads for some areas where a thin cotton is needed. Cotton String for polishing posts. Run the string through your McQuire's ALuminum polish, around your needle clamp bar, bobbin center, thread holder one complete turn and shimmy it around. Amazing how well it polishes things. The tiny brushes for cleaning between dental crowns etc. are also great for tiny areas. Hope this helps. "
If you want to convert an old machine to a hand crank, here are some figures for you. Let's say the machine was $20, you want a base for it, online they are like $40 unless you can get someone to make one cheaper. Then you need a spoked wheel, which with shipping would be about $20, and then you need the hand crank assembly for another $20 with shipping. (they are heavy!) So you are looking between $80-$100 to convert a machine you paid $20 for. Just a little FYI! Not to mention the cleaning!
If you have any questions or tips, please share!
I read a great article on sewing machine facts today I wanted to share with you too!
Here it is!