Saturday, October 22, 2011
Cleaning plastic Machines
This post isn’t about a vintage sewing machine, but rather about a technique I discovered that can be used on vintage sewing machines. I picked up a New Home NH 609 this week. As far as I can tell, it’s the New Home version of the Janome Jem. It looked like it had been transported in a truck full of old tires because it had black marks all over it.
I tried vinyl and rubber cleaner to remove the marks but that had little or no effect. I remembered the graphing calculator I got at a thrift shop that the extremely intelligent manager had written the price in permanent marker on the display lens. I tried baby oil, kerosene, and several other non-abrasive methods to remove that marker but nothing worked. Last resort was some Headlight Lens Restorer I had used on our old Dodge Intrepid headlights.
I figured if it could clean up plastic headlight lenses, it might also clean up a calculator lens. Sure enough, that mark disappeared like something David Copperfield would have envied. Out to the garage to get the Headlight Lens Restorer to try on the black marks on this plastic sewing machine.
Shazam! Those black marks just melted away and the Headlight Lens Restorer polished the plastic so it looks like new.
All I need now is a spool pin and maybe my wife will get off my back about my selling her Featherweight while she was out shopping.