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If you were going to use someone else's machine, or perhaps lend one of yours, how would you suggest it be disinfected between users?  Clearly the usual water and alcohol prohibitions apply for shellaced, or bare decal machines.

And a very related question:  Are all machines with decals shellaced?  And for those without decals, when did they start letting the paint stand on its own?

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Maybe a mobile or hand held UV light?
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The virus is supposed to survive no more than 3 or 4 days on metal so maybe it's best to leave the machine untouched in a garage or an outbuilding for a couple of days before using it again?
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The virus is supposed to survive no more than 3 or 4 days on metal so maybe it's best to leave the machine untouched in a garage or an outbuilding for a couple of days before using it again?


I'd say do this.  I saw a woman on FB who bought a Singer FW and then sprayed it Lysol.  [rolleyes]

She completely ruined the finish.

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I'd say do this.  I saw a woman on FB who bought a Singer FW and then sprayed it Lysol.  [rolleyes]

She completely ruined the finish.


Horrors!!  I agree - just let it sit for 3 days.
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Well okay then.  That's pretty much unanimous.    I'd been thinking of asking on a town email list if anyone who wanted to make masks, and who knew their way around a sewing machine, but didn't have one, would like to borrow one.  But none of my machines are valueless enough to risk a stranger's care in this particular climate.  

Thanks for the feedback!

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I'd say do this.  I saw a woman on FB who bought a Singer FW and then sprayed it Lysol.  [rolleyes]

She completely ruined the finish.


I saw that too! Honestly... [rolleyes]


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Well okay then.  That's pretty much unanimous.    I'd been thinking of asking on a town email list if anyone who wanted to make masks, and who knew their way around a sewing machine, but didn't have one, would like to borrow one.  But none of my machines are valueless enough to risk a stranger's care in this particular climate.  

Thanks for the feedback!

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True enough... I'd be worried that they would deep it in bleach or something... If it were for a friend, that would me different but I wouldn't lend one of my machines to a stranger, especially not these days!
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Anyone have a link to the dead finish featherweight. 

Also, what about good old kerosene?  Does it have any icky-thing killing qualities?

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Anyone have a link to the dead finish featherweight. 

Also, what about good old kerosene?  Does it have any icky-thing killing qualities?


It sounds like she is stripping it down to repaint now.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SingerFWGroup/search/?query=Lysol&epa=SEARCH_BOX

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Flame thrower. Its the only way to be sure! [biggrin]
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Object will need to reach 133°F (56°C) and sustain for 15 minutes.

So you betcha. Pop it in a regular oven for ten or until top gets golden brown. (heehee)



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Anyone have a link to the dead finish featherweight. 

Also, what about good old kerosene?  Does it have any icky-thing killing qualities?


Icky-thing killing qualities, lol....Hubby (contractor all his life) was horrified the other day when I asked if I could use 'the ratchety-screwdriver-thingy (impact driver).  My son said "What??"  And Hubby said, oh she wants to use my ratchety-thing and then realized what he said!  HA!

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I would leave it with the lid off in the sun in the car for a few days (if you live where there is sun at this time of year!). You get the UV, the heat, and the time delay all combined.
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Agreed -- time and sun would be best.
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Wow, pgf, nice avatar!
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Maybe knowing how long any bacteria or virus is likely to be viable on a surface at a given temperature and humidity would do much to set your mind at ease.  It's very likely that "sterilization" is not even a possibility or a necessity.  

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Yes, that's what I decided.  I did eventually lend a machine (a Tiffany 15-30 that I could replace pretty easily if I had to) to a trusted friend.

"Let it sit and let the bugs die off by themselves" is the technique we agreed on.

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If you want to use the machine before 3 days, simply wash your hands well with soap/water after you are done.  And remember not to touch your face before washing your hands.  Chances of contracting the virus from dry surfaces is very low, transmission is mainly from respiratory droplets in the air.
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Yes, we've learned quite a bit about this pesky virus since it came among us.  Still a long way to go, though.
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