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So here is my 27.  Of course we looking for something else at the antique mall when I spotted it.  The 66 was in the back of the car and I wasn't sure about the $30 sale price on this one.  I was scolded (in a good way) to run back and get it.  Next day I did. This is how I saw it at the mall. 27 - 1.jpg 
And she's home.
27 - Pheasant front.jpg 
The lighting isn't very good.
27 - Pheasant - Nose plate.jpg 
So here is my question.  There is a layer of something on this one. Brownish color. Not on the whole machine.  I've started to gently wipe it with sewing machine oil and a cotton ball to try and clean the decals.  I think I'm taking some of the decals off.  Is it possible I'm taking some of the shellac off as well, where there are no decals? 27 - Pheasant - back pillar.jpg 
27 - Pheasant Top of back pillar.jpg 
I'm not trying to make it look brand new, obviously. I'd like to clean it and protect it, before I start working on it so that I can sew with it.  I have read the thread on the other board by Glenn.  I know not to use soap and water, but kind of lost at this point.  

Any ideas, suggestions, tips, even scolding if need be, would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you



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The brown stuff is old, probably dirty, shellac -- at least, it looks like it to me.  Does it turn more transparent when you apply oil?  Where there is no brown stuff on your machine, the decals are unprotected, so it's easy to damage them even when using SM oil as the cleaner -- just the rubbing will do it.

You can restore/refresh/replace the shellac, using a technique called "french polishing".  I don't have a link handy, and I've never tried it myself.

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https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage-antique-machine-enthusiasts-f22/cleaning-repairing-shellac-clear-coat-vintage-sewing-machine-heads-t193635.html


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We were wondering about the old, dirty shellac.  I'll have to try it again tomorrow when the light is better.  Not sure if it does turn transparent or not.

I read the thread on the other board that Glenn did about restoring the shellac, etc.  I understand how to do it, just need to practice it first.  I guess I'm wondering too, if I put try the French polishing first is that going to seal in the old dirty shellac on the decals?
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On machines that have old brown oil buildup on the decals, I use a light solvent like Aero-Kroil and a Q-tip and lightly scrub a small area until it looks like it's about the same color as the good sections. If you go more, you will find silver, since the decal was printed yellow over silver to get the gold color. Painting restorers do much the same thing - some mild solvent and cleaning small areas at a time with a Q-tip to get the grime off, but not damage the paint. 

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WI Lori, yep I have that one bookmarked and read it almost everyday!  

Bruce, before I read your post I put smo on a cotton ball and gently dabbed, not wiping, at the decals.  Seemed to work a little, on the spots that weren't too bad.  I will try your method though.  I'm okay with taking my time.  I'm not trying to get it ready to sell to someone tomorrow.  It's for me. Thank you.

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Carol, speaking as someone with no experience French polishing, and a near disasterous attempt cleaning a floral fiddle bed...

Go find a beat up old RedEye 66 to practice your technique on. They're plentiful and generally inexpensive. And when you're done, you can practice repainting it, if you wish.

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Lori, I love the way you think!  Love that idea.  PIC (partner in crime also known as husband) has black walnut-guitar-neck-mistakes he's made and wants me to practice on those.

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On another note, the Pheasant decal model 27 that I have is one of the smoothest sewing treadles I've had the pleasure of sewing on.  Easy peasy!  If yours is as agreeable as mine, you'll love her!
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I'm seconding the old, dead shellac.  Go slow and careful.  Those machines are pretty enough that it's worth the effort to preserve.  I like my pheasants too.  
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hilltophomesteader and Rodney, I'm excited to get the 27 working.  I wanted to preserve the exterior before I started sewing, though.  Still need to get a shuttle and bobbins for her and then decide how to make her run.  No treadle or hand crank came with it.  But I just fell in love it without thinking of how it was going to run. I did check to make sure the needle went up and down before I brought her home.  Hopefully this one will be as lovely and pretty as what the two of you have.

Rodney, I'm going to do exactly what you said "slow and careful".  I'm in no hurry and I agree that it's well worth it to try and preserve it.  

Thank you for the advice and encouragement!  I love this place!
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Hello Bags.  Welcome to VSF.  Can't wait to hear about and see (photos) of your Pheasant 27 restoration.

I smiled when you wrote: I love this place!  We do too!    

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Thank you Mrs. D.  I'll be sure and post photos of my slooow restoration!

I'm smiling too!
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