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I’m still obsessing about vintage toy sewing machines! I picked up this Little Betty off eBay, and it wasn’t in the best condition… but I was determined to preserve it! It took a few attempts but my determination prevailed!!
I started off my journey with an internet search on “removing rust from metal” and came across a home remedy. The DIY Professional on the video suggested mixing Bi-Carb Soda with either vinegar or lemon juice until it developed a paste… and then applying that paste to the rusted area for several minutes before wiping off.
So I gathered the ingredients and materials – including rubber gloves… and gave it a go.
After the clock had ticked by a few times I wiped the paste mixture off the machine with kitchen wipes, and then attempted scrubbing at the rusted surface with an old toothbrush. There wasn’t much rust-loss so I increased the abrasion by using fine-grade sandpaper. It shifted some of the rust, but not to any great degree as you can see in the photo below.
Next up was WD40… I saturated the rusted surface and left it for a few minutes, then scrubbed with the toothbrush…
That method didn’t prove to be effective either! But then… just as I was giving up hope that my Little Betty would shine again… Mr SUDs came to the rescue with his ‘over the counter’ rust removal product!
Lots of sandpaper…. and lots of elbow-grease… and the result was awesome!
I cleaned the plastic casing with some ‘sticky stuff remover’, shined up the base with the same product, and then oiled the plate with some 3-in-one oil to prevent any further rusting.
The machine works – and it’s clean!
I’m off to write up a pattern! Till next time – Hugs! Vikki xx
Note to self: Did I really just write a post about the trials and tribulations of rust removal? Oh boy! I think the ole’ grey matter needs oiling too! Next you’ll be looking for hairs growing on the palms of your hands, Vik… once you’ve finished talking to yourself of course – DOH!!!!!!