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I am new to this forum, pleased to find others with similar Charles Raymond machines. My mother found this machine at a garage sale in Dixon, IL , in the early 60's. It is rough, and was perhaps used in Civil war :). My sister gave me the machine, thinking I might fix it.

The machine seemed loose and cranky, so i took it apart to identify wear areas. I made a new roller that drives the needlebar. Touches of bronze fixed wear on feed foot inner eccentric, presser foot spring slot, and lower drive shaft excentric. I found one missing part, the candy cane part that serves to stop the spool cone. The part follows a roller, in time with needle bar position. The C. Raymond 1861, July 30 Patent #32,925 is similar to machine. The patent provided some description of the part. I made two cane parts, but was not satified with how they worked.

The machine turns easily, with minimal noise, and moves fabric well. The tension controlled manually, by holding spool, while observing the loops, resulted in nice stitches. Without manual tension control, the prior loops would get hooked again, and again, resulting in bind up. By observing the position of the needle bar, and the time when prior loop needed to be pulled, prior to new loop formed, a fix was imagined. By bending two 0.055" spring wires, one attached to upper needle bar, the other on front plate, as thread guides. When needle bar is at bottom travel, it pulls thread past guide on face plate, serving to pull up prior loop. It worked, so i made a couple parts that screw down under existing screws. Not quite satisfied, because not original, but happy with functionality.

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Welcome to the group.  Very impressive.  Best regards, Mike
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Thanks Mike. It was really fun to work on it, now if I can get past my phobia of painting...
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Welcome to the group Kitcarson. That is an awesome picture of the machine apart.

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There are some real experts here on the group on painting.  Steve mentioned a ceramic based engine paint that is black and looks good for chips.  He can give you the part number.  For our cast iron stands (white) for our Union Specials we used a cup gun and epoxy primer and paint.  Very tough as nails and looks great.  For one machine (1913 or 1910 can't remember right now) Singer 16-88 I used a homebrew cold cure jappaning which was spar varnish with asphaltum i bought by the kilo and dripped in with a heat gun.  First layers were a greenish black color that turned to a shiny black with many more layers.  Next time I won't use spar varnish as it is rubbery but instead polyurethane varnish with the asphaltum.  For repairs Steve and others like Bruce are masters at filling in the chips to where nobody notices when it's done.  Best regards, Mike
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Welcome, Kitcarlson!  A very sweet New England style machine!  I've got one and I'm still surprised each time I lay eyes on it how very SMALL they are, lol!
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The paint is Dupli-Color DE1635
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Thank you.
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you are welcome, here is the article that got me started using it.
https://www.rexmill.com/planes101/japanning/japanning.htm

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I used that Dupli-Color paint on a Jones bed and it matched perfectly. Also spray some in the can top and use to touch up small chips.  
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Here is a sewing video.

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Nice work on your restoration.  I had to make some parts for mine -- the spool bracket and tensioner were missing -- but it sews nicely now.

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Thanks Paul. I have interest in picture of your tensioner parts. I failed making original style work.
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Thanks Paul. I have interest in picture of your tensioner parts. I failed making original style work.


You can see pictures here:  https://projects.foxharp.net/sewing_machines/#c1859-charles-raymond

My machine is an earlier model than yours, and the tensioner is fairly primitive.  So it was easy to make a working copy -- I can bend a piece of coat hanger with the best of them!  :-)

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Thank you, I will take a look, learning how it works.

I updated video, watching after posting to Youtube almost made me sick. I used Singer #40 cabinet instead on knees.

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