Davis Vertical Feed restoration
I got this Davis Vertical Feed 2 on eBay for $30 (plus shipping). It arrived full of gunk and rust, barely moving, and smelling of smoke.
Getting a bath in the Parts Washer
Submerged in kerosene overnight
Soaked in kerosene and wiped but still full of gunk.
After cleaning what we could with kerosene and brass brushes, we soaked everything the following night in Evapo-Rust.
This morning we retrieved each piece, wiped it off, rinsed in water, wiped, rinsed in acetone, wiped, and revaled beautiful clean shiny parts.
Then we put everything back together, with liberal squirts of sewing machine oil.
Success! Here she is installed in my Minnesota A cabinet. She works great.
Here's the reason I bought and spent 3 days restoring her: the walking foot. I need this "vertical feed" system to sew bindings on quilts. The Minnesota A made too many random pleats and crumples.