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hilltophomesteader

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I've got over a hundred machines (about 25 are treadles & that's AFTER downsizing....).  They are mostly in my 11 X 14 'museum' in our 2900 sq ft house.  Some are in my sewing room (huge), like maybe 20 of them.  Our house will go up for sale in a couple weeks and my machines will be stored in a 10 X 15 shed on our new property (home will be an 800 sq ft cabin while we build a new house.)  Hubby is putting a ceiling, insulation, bird blocks & vents in the shed this week in anticipation of moving the whole herd over there [eek]  Poor, poor things.  Hope they make it safely....(ignore the trash in the front....the whole property is a HUGE work in progress - abandoned and trashed for many years....)
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Hello,  I have noticed that machines that are stored in portable cases seem to fare the best over the years.  I also know that if there is humidity dust and humidity are a bad combination.  Likely you know all this but cleaning with water can cause corrosion.  There was a link I sent before which I'll include again about making cases.  We buy very very thick clear vinyl and also this material that I was told it sometimes used to make umbrellas and make covers.  Some are all clear and thick vinyl to show off what is underneath while others are just the flimsy and easily balled up "umbrella" repair material.  One thing that scares me about all portable cases is carrying by the handle.  I just pick them up from below.  If your machines are cleaned and oiled down then they should fare well.  In the knife making forums people talk about how much better petroleum jelly does in preserving the metal over time than oil (which may require repeated applications every couple weeks compared to months with vaseline).  Somehow petroleum jelly clings into the porous surface better.  Someone gave me the hint about meadowfoam seed oil which also has anti uv properties for wiping down the surfaces with.  Best regards, Mike   https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Custom-Sewing-Machine-Case/
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Here in the house the '35 Domestic is the night stand in the master bedroom while the little bedroom has my first 101 and type 40 cabinet, atop it is the trusted Necchi BU and and on one shelf is a SuperNova I should give up on... and a 237 that I hide from myself so that I don't give them all away.

In the spare room is the Combo table and Necchi Julia, the Lady Kenmore w/cabinet, The Necchi Mira w/cabinet and a Pfaff 130 w/cabinet, while six or seven portables lie tucked about. This room also houses the attachment bookcase arranged by manufacturer. In the living room, two nearly identical early split top type 40 cabinets (one centennial 15-91, one centennial, crinkle, blackslide 66) hold up lamps and try not to look too obvious since they are really are too tall...

Downstairs in the main sewing area is a type 42 deco with Singer 500a, a White 77g w/cabinet and a Pfaff 130 (w/cabinet & grinder) and Mom's Brother w/cabinet. Hidden in the corners are about eight (?) more machines. In the garage, well, to be honest I don't really know how many there are. I lost count at sixty, but I hope that will change soon. The newest Pfaff 130 and Hollywood cabinet may not be here long. Both treadles; the Singer IF fiddle base with tension issues and the missing pulley Howe, currently live there until they sew and the right interior space is found. There are less than 20 cabinets, maybe. And... we have a storage locker in town with just a handful of cabinets.

This week, some things will change because the storage locker will be reorganized. And maybe, just maybe I'll finish the redo on the Hoosier I picked up on Tuesday. It would help if I'd make up my mind. Either sand it all down to wood and redo it... or allow the crazy distress to stay.

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