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WI Lori

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If money (or time) were not an issue, describe a custom VSM paint job you'd like to have.
Give Make/model, background, accents, and Why.

I'll go first:

Singer 66
Black
"Old fashioned flowers": lilacs, lily of the valley, yellow roses, columbine...
Lilacs remind me of maternal my great grandparents

or

Singer 15-75
"Old Milwaukee streets"
Pabst truck, kegs, barkeeps...
Paternal grandfather worked in Milwaukee, delivered Pabst to the bars. I was born in Milwaukee, and my favorite exhibit at the museum is Old Milwaukee.


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Hello group,

  I really like the lady liberty themes from the WW1 era that were used for savings bonds.  Bruce has a machine with the flag and a lady liberty if I remember correctly.  Up to me I'd be doing the same.  

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Mike
 
Edited to add....the Mrs and I over 10 years ago visited a museum in North Dakota in a small town that had a very nice collection of the war bonds stuff.  In WW1 the program was used to fund the war.  In WW2 it was used to control the dollar so it would not inflate too much.  Mothers would save their egg money to buy the bonds at the post office and even corner stores is my understanding.  It was a WW2 vet that was the curator when we visited.  Very nice time.
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Mike got me thinking about the war, and uniforms:

Skolgurl.jpg 

Yeah, that works.


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All the machines with gal's names on them always have me wishing for a Pam or Pamela machine.  I guess I'd pick something super simple, like a Singer 66 in a treadle base...painted a fabulous rusty brick red or metallic chocolate brown with autumn leaves (oak & maple) and acorns and maybe a lil squirrel peeking around the pillar....and my name across the front.  Just for fun.  Not that the 66 is my all-time favorite, but I'd not feel too badly painting one, lol...
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When this subject came up, first thing that popped into my warped little mind was painting one like a dragon, scales on the upper surfaces, the contrasting stomach plates and color on the underside of the arm, the bed like the paving stones of a castle floor, that sort of thing. I'm sure someone educated in graphic arts and Medieval art could come up with something. 

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Mike et al - The machine you are referring to in my collection with the American flag logo on the bed is my c.1893 Davis Vertical Feed hand crank machine, another fine example of the kind of machine one finds having been donated to Goodwill. That's right, folks! This beauty was obtained, as are many of my really collectible machines, from Shopgoodwill.com! 

- Bruce 1. Davis VF - Front.jpg  2. Davis VF - Back.jpg  6. Davis VF - Bed decal.jpg  9. Davis VF - Accessory drawer.jpg  14. Davis VF - Case front.jpg 

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Oh MAN I love that little drawer!!  I don't think I realized that any handcranks had drawers in them!!!  Love that Davis machine - a few years back a friend had one displayed at our local SW Washington Fair.  Later she sold off some of her machines and I had hoped for that one, but it didn't come up :-(   Any idea if that little drawer was peculiar to Davis?


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Originally Posted by WI Lori

Lilacs remind me of maternal my great grandparents


Buy a spare 101 deck and have it painted:

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Lots of great ideas. I can picture one of the early serpentines as a dragon.
And yes, 66s are plentiful, a 66 with a new "do" is a fun thing..
I hadn't thought of painting just the bed, sure beats trying to get the angles right on the pillar and arm.

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I have a Singer 27 in really rough shape - I couldn't bear to see it tossed out.  The good thing is that it turns and no rust, and has the shuttle and bobbin.  But the decals are half gone, lots of chips, pin rash, and missing badge.  I think this would be a candidate for a repaint since the 27s are common.

I was thinking if I did tackle this project, I would get it all prepared for painting and then bring it to our neighborhood vintage auto restorers.  Surely, they could spray it as a piggyback to one of their projects.  Then I would just find a set of decals that I liked - I wouldn't care about matching the original.  So no really wild ideas here but just something to make this machine handsome and desirable for someone to want to use.
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Hello group,

  There is a company that is selling the Cowboy CB-4500 (clones of Juki TSC-411....I have one of these machines they come in shades of machinery and darker grey which I like).  This company did about 1 dozen custom heads with a hot rod like flame scheme and a black background.  Added 400 dollars cost to a 2500 plus machine.  There was a long discussing on leatherworker.net about it.  Many did not like the scheme but could see the reasoning but one person in particular talked about a shoe repair or leather shop that would have their machines on display to be seen from a window on the sidewalk.  That makes sense to me and in fact there is a custom jeans maker in Japan that did exaclty that to what looks like a 31-15 that may be seen through a window.  They use vintage machines only.  Theirs was a metallic blue with a rising sun on the bed.  Both of these paint schemes made allot of sense to me.  Again, I really love the WW1 war bond art and would not hesitate to do some specific lady liberty examples of war bond art on the right machines.  Too cool for school in my opinion.  I agree a Singer 66 in really poor shape or a White rotary or even a mid century Singer would all be good candidates.  Or maybe even better one of those boat anchor 35lb beast Kenmores or other classic Japanese machines like the polka dot machine 😉  Makes me want to finally go out and buy an air brush gun or find a really good artist with one.  It is common to see custom paint jobs like this on Jeepney passenger vehicles as well as commercial trucks here.  There is a guy in U.K. that is using powder coat on Singer treadle restorations and charging ridiculous prices. 

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Mike

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Or maybe even better one of those boat anchor 35lb beast Kenmores...


The dusty mint green ones! Now I have an idea... I'll need a whole lot of newspaper. I'll tape off a considerable part of the garage with newspapers or drop cloths, prep the mint green Kenmore for paint, and then invite friends over to toss plastic drink cups of various paint colors at Kenny in their best Pollock-esque way. Ooooo, I could so go for that!

The thing I still haven't done... is find that really ratty machine head and strip it. Once the old paint is off I just want to buff out the steel, perhaps pass the propane torch here and there for a little color, and the clear coat the whole shebang. I just haven't found the right one, or maybe I have and need a little more nerve. =)

The thing that I will put on my to-do list now, is find that well-preserved and nearly perfect 66... and then keep it just that way. I figure someone better do it while we still can.

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I've had this idea bouncing around in the back of my head ever since someone here at VSS mentioned that a Singer 99 makes a great little hand crank.  I've never really wanted a hand crank, but the idea of a 99 hand crank just resonated with me.

Also, I absolutely love the Singer Lotus Decals, with out a doubt my favorite decals set hands down.  If I could get or possibly make a scaled down version of the Lotus decals, that's what I would do.

I just keep picturing a mini Lotus hand crank and it makes me smile.

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One of these days, I'm going to do a "hot rod" paint job on a machine - either candy apple red metal flake or purple metal flake - with BIG flakes! I had a VS2 that I was going to do this with, but due to a very long story I won't bore people with, that's no longer an option.
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