Catie George wrote: Not natural, but much less dust and dust mite hiding places, and very easy to clean, and no icky offgassing carpet.
Lito George wrote:
Lito George wrote:OK onto serious stuff: where does one recycle machines? (Parts are very very difficult to come by). Thanks folks.
Update: the internet is singledhandedly the most useful medium in use today for information dissemination. Thats my dissertation. Amen.
No need to recycle. The Janome lady couldn't organise ice in the Antarctic (or else she was having me on from the beginning), so I am stuck (gratefully) with the Singer.
I found through a variety of sources (Ebay/Amazon), USA based shops and local shops that if I bought the parts from brick and mortar shops, the price would be....4x higher than if I bought from Amazon.
I also found the self same parts on Ebay at half the Amazon cost. Cheap as chips, I have bought two full sets of replacement gears and this makes me feel good to be reusing the machine as best as possible and if I have to pass it on one day, then I'll give the next owner the best chance of keeping it running well into the century.
Maintenance tomorrow (perhaps) and I'll start to provide feedback once the machine is up and running. New skillset: becoming a sewing machine tech. lolz....
Lito George wrote:A ton of very useful input here folks. I wanted to let you all know I'm processing this good stuff, and will revert properly in due course. Thank you for making my brain work
r ranson wrote:They've been using the chainmail scrubbers for about 30 years it shows no sign of wear. But theirs are made of real chainmail - with flat links - which is different than the modern round ring mail.
They made them in the SCA.
r ranson wrote:I love chain mail scrubbers. Real chainmail works even better than what most people sell, but it's hard to come by. The stuff with the round wire rings works pretty good too. Much better than a scrub bud and lasts longer too.
I caution against using it on steel pots as it will scratch the pot.
Most people don't realise that stainless steel pots can be more non-stick than teflon pots (rivalled, perhaps, only by cast iron). When a stainless steel pot comes from the manufacturer, it's been polished smooth. You can keep that smooth polish by treating your pot with care. My technique is to never use metal inside the pot, never add salt to cold water (it pits the bottom), and never clean with something harder than wood. Do this and you'll never need to scrub your pots because they will stay non-stick. Even burnt on stuff comes off easily. If you do get a scratch (like a guest using a metal spoon to stir your best pot - girr!) then some baking soda, a damp rag and a lot of elbow grease (preferably that of the offending person who made the scratch) will repolish the pan.
Now chain mail on cast iron - love it!
Never tried it on ceramic.