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J3t

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I am about to refurb one of my 201-2's for my DSIL who is starting her first quilting class (it's for "homework", not portable!). Will the French polishing technique repair the alligatored paint area around the missing spool pin?

Speaking of the missing spool, any hints on putting one in? It sure seems to take mighty heavy hammer blows to drive one in.

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Are you sure it's not a threaded spool holder?  Might just be the picture but it looks larger than the tap in style.

Try working it with just some sewing machine oil first.  I recently got a 1953 model that looked about that rough but a few coats of oil smoothed it out nicely.  Just make sure to work the oil and not let it sit and pool in the cracks.

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When you have the correct type spool pin it will go in with light tapping from a rubber mallet. I have received wrong type spool pins twice, seller insisted they were stanard fit for my machine, but when I bought an used original it was obvious which were correct for the 201. My 201 take the same spool pin as 15, 66 and 99s (1930 to 1950 machines). I think some 201s take threaded spool pins, but if so, check the one on the bed for the bobbin winder it's the same as on top. Forcing the wrong type in will only cause damage.

I think experts have found ways to sort of melt and make it fuse flaking shellac. I'm not sure if they remove the flaky bits, or have some clever use of alcohol and new layers of shellac. There are various ways about this and so far I haven't done that thorough work.
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Thanks, I will verify the spool pin is the tap-in type and not screw in - good catch. I thought I would try French polishing technique which is a combination of shellac, linseed oil, and denatured alcohol to "melt" in some new shellac into the existing shellac top coat.

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Just to throw a wrench into the conversation, my 201-2 has a tap in spool pin on top and a screw in one on the bed.

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John, here's a before and after of my 1953 201 that was only worked on with sewing machine oil.

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Wow, David! Looks great.


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Great find David, potted motor and all. I am envious. I have to admit, I keep on cleaning and polishing the machine to a shine. I know some are more  restrictive and keep a so called patina. Dullness in the finish is probably traces of grime more than wear. My idea of a good patina is signs of wear and age, but as far as possible, I clean and polish to the best result I can. Don't take my critisim too direct David, my machines look exactly like that between polishes.
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Thanks guys,

The '53 is one of two 201s my sister got for me for a total of $15 (I had told her not to spend more than $160 for both) at an auction in Kansas this past May.  The other one is a Centennial that is going to join my 1939 as a treadle conversion.

The appearance isn't the final product.  It will get polished and waxed when I get around to doing it.  I have a 103, a 128 a couple of Improved Family machines and the Centennial that are ahead of it.

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