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KenmoreGal2

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Those of you who are familiar with me know that I sew daily on my avatar which was my Mom's machine. I'm posting a picture of 4 chips on the bed. 3 were there when I got the machine from Mom, I guess I did the 4th. Should I do anything about them? Should I put a dot of clear nail polish or perhaps see if I can get semi-matching paint from a hobby shop? Is it worth the trouble and expense of getting an auto shop to make some for me? I don't have any friends in the business so I'd pay full rate. Plus the thought of taking my machine out of the cabinet for the first time since 1958 scares me a lot. What if I somehow damage a hinge?

Will my machine rust or chip more if I leave them alone? I intend to use this machine until I drop. 

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Small chips like that I usually ignore, but if there is underlying problems with the finish it might get worse.  So I'd try to touch it up with a matching color paint then coat it with shellac.   I don't know what effect nail polish might have on the paint.

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KG2, I would leave those tiny chips alone.  Attempting to repair or fill them with "touch-up" paint may make more of a mess than just living with the good honest marks from a half century of use. 
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I tend to do what John said.  The machine is indoors and protected.  I wouldn't worry about them.  It's just normal wear from using the machine.  Any repairs are likely to look worse than the marks themselves-at least when I try repairs like that.
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Thanks! As long as these chips won't somehow cause other damage, I'll let them be. My machine is in the basement but it's literally right next to the dehumidifier so it's dry. 
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What year is your machine .? Been looking at it many times....Sorry I read your post and saw year. I would leave as is.
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I would have to agree with the majority -- I have a Singer 328-K that was purchased new in December of 1963.  It also shows a little wear, and there could be a very small chip or two.  I would have an awful time matching the paint on that one.  Remember that most nail polishes are either enamel or lacquer, and the nail polish remover (unless it's for artificial nails) contains acetone.  Depends on what effect the nail polish might have on the machine's finish -- I'm pretty sure I would leave it alone.  Would shellac work -- those of you who are knowledgeable with finishes --I don't think I'd mix the shellac with a different finish -- I'd sure be checking it out before I did.  I honestly think you'd be better off leaving it as is.  JMHO
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I would leave it alone. It is not hurting a thing.
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Thanks for your input Kathleen, Jeanette and Skipper. I'm of a mind to leave them alone too. 
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KG3 most well used,/well loved sewing machines have merit badges. I love sewing on those machines. They work better than the ones that look shiny and new. Leave the merit badges!
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