Sewing Machine Nut

 
 

 

 
Who knew what buying one wayward sewing machine at a garage sale would do to me... I've become a nut case - but in a good way, I think.
 
- In these pages are the results of Goodwill/St Vincent de Paul/Craigslist/Freecycle acquisitions. I find it difficult to pass up an inexpensive sewing machine. I first was only collecting machines that cost very little but I have since graduated to more expensive models (such as Pfaff 130, Pfaff 1222E and Singer 319). I occasionally get to the point that I need to get rid of some machines, simply because I have limited space. When my basement gets too full of clutter, I occasionally have to relent.
 
- I mainly collect sewing machines for the enjoyment of the mechanical aspects of them and also for the challenge of getting them going after they've been neglected for years or decades. I am amazed at the way the engineers were able to get the complex mechanical wonders to perform the many functions using only gears, levers, cams and belts. As a kid I took things apart. At this point in my life, I can usually get them back together again too!
 
- I once was of the opinion that the more complicated the machine, the better I would like it. Take my New Home 900 for instance (now gone). It has something like 30 stitch patterns, all selectable with one knob. My new favorite when I got it home, just look at all the things it could do. Problem is, when something inside gets out of whack, it is agony getting it working again. I probably put in 30 hours getting the 900 working after acquiring it. I've come to the conclusion that there's something elegant in the simplest machines. Smooth, quiet. Almost nothing to go wrong. Machines that pique my curiosity now are semi-complicated but still old enough to be easier to work on. Of course, that may change when I find that ultimate do-it-all sewing machine.
 
- My favorite machines at the moment are the Singer 319 and Pfaff 130-6. They are pretty much indestructible, easy to work on, and perform rudimentary decorative stitches using novel approaches. They are noisy and have parts that move hither and yon when doing the different stitches, but that is part of the charm. The one thing that would make them ideal is to not have the fiber timing belt that may someday bite the proverbial big one. The Singer 401A is not a bad machine either. It has a full steel gear drive system, not a fiber timing belt like the 319 and 130.
 
- Click on the photos below or a machine name to the left to go to that page.
 
- I have added a page to capture helpful information here: HOW-TO
 
- I have some videos on YouTube under the username "redxl883c".
 
- My new online blog (Jan 2, 2013): http://sewingmachinenut.blogspot.com/
 
- If you need a Singer sewing machine manual, click on the below link, then type in your model number. Many manuals are free, and we all like that price.
 
- If you have a sewing machine that you can't seem to get working and you are in the North Kitsap (Washington State) area, drop me a note and I might be able to help you out. I can be reached at this email address:
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Hope you enjoy... John
(This website was started January 13, 2012)
 
 
 
 
 https://sites.google.com/site/sewmachnut/home/belair-bantam                        
  Montgomery Ward 21 Jewel Supreme Automatic Zig Zag https://sites.google.com/site/sewmachnut/home/montgomery-ward-276c        New Home (Janome) 270 Streamliner               Singer 185K                                
 
- Order of acquisition, newest to oldest:
* Kenmore 385.17928090
* Kenmore 158.1040 (not pictured)
* Pink Zig Zag (no name) (not pictured)
* BelAir Bantam 33
* Kenmore 158.18024 (not pictured)
* Dressmaker 7000 (not pictured - GONE)
* Singer 6212C (not pictured)
* Elna Supermatic (not pictured)
* Kenmore 117.959 (not pictured)
* New Home Memory Craft 6000 (not pictured)
* Singer 403 (not pictured)
* New Home NLB (not pictured)
* Singer 417 (not pictured)
* Singer 66 Red Eye (not pictured)
* Singer 603E (not pictured)
* Universal Admiral (not pictured - GONE)
* Pfaff 130-6 (#2) (not pictured)
* Elna Transforma
* Kenmore 148.12201 (not pictured)
* Glaco 490 Select a Stitch (not pictured)
* Brother LS-1717 (not pictured)
* SInger Stylemate 328K (#3) (not pictured)
* Domestic 69 Hi-Speed (not pictured)
* Kenmore 148.200 (not pictured)
* Kenmore 158.13511 (not pictured)
* Fantasia F7500E
* New Home New Style (not pictured)
* Singer 306K (not pictured)
* Singer 14U52A (not pictured)
* Kenmore 158.17520 (not pictured)
* Singer 500A (not pictured)
* Singer Futura II 920
* Singer 543 (not pictured)
* Read's Sailmaker
* Singer 185K (no. 2)
* Brother VX-1120 (parts machine - not pictured)
* Kenmore 158.17560 (not pictured)
* Singer 648 (parts machine - not pictured)
* Singer 604 (not pictured)
* Singer 288
* Montgomery Ward 276C
* Brother Charger 661 (not pictured)
* Emdeko 270-1155 (no. 2, not pictured)
* Necchi BU
* Montgomery Ward UHT J1269 (not pictured)
* Kenmore 385.1764180 (not pictured)
* Riccar 1570 (not pictured)
* Simplicity 9240 (not pictured)
* Adler 153A (not pictured)
* Home Mark 400 (not pictured)
* JC Penney 6940A (not pictured - GONE)
* Keystone 98 (not pictured)
* New Home 270
* Pfaff 30
* Montgomery Ward 21 Jewel
* Singer 15-125
* Singer 185K
* Singer 66-1 (not pictured)
* Singer 401A (no. 2, not pictured - GONE)
* Singer CG-550 C (not pictured - GONE)
* White Rotary 43 (not pictured)
* White 1077
* Singer 322 "Featherweight"
* Kenmore 158.850
* Kenmore 158.950 (not pictured)
* Bernina 730 Record
* Singer 101 (not pictured)
* Pfaff-Dorina Hobby 721
* Singer 360
* Singer Futura 900
* White Rotary
* Brother VX-1100
* Kenmore 158.321
* Singer 404
* Singer 6136 (not pictured)
* Singer 758 (not pictured)
* Morse 9900
* Singer 257
* Singer 237 (#2, not pictured)
* Pfaff 1222E
* Brother XR-40
* Singer Stylemate 328K (#2)
* Singer Stylist 533
* Pfaff 382
* Feiyue FS288ZZ
* Pfaff 130-6
* Kenmore 120.491 (#2)
* Dressmaker 650
* Domestic Rotary 153
* Kenmore 148.11010
* SInger 503
* Kenmore 158.510
* Willcox & Gibbs 64
* Singer 66-1 (electrified)
* Standard Super ML
* Singer 237
* Singer Merritt 8734
* Singer 737
* Universal DeLuxe
* Singer 319W
* Kenmore 120.491
* Singer 247C
* Singer 778
* Universal KAB-M
* Domestic 3900F
* Southbury
* New Home 900
* Singer 66-1 treadle
* Bradford
* Brother 280
* Necchi 534FB
* White 77MG
* Morse Fotomatic IV
* Eldredge
* Kenmore 148.870
* Morse De Luxe Zig Zag
* Singer 418
* Royal
* Viking Type 21
* Kenmore 117.959
* Singer Stylemate 328K
* Morse MZZ
* Emdeko 270-1155
* Kenmore 158.17501
* Necchi BU Nova
* Pfaff 139
* Singer 99-13
* Singer 401A
* SewMor 202
* Singer 239
* Singer 15-91
* Singer 15-91 centennial
* Minnesota A (not pictured)
* New Home NHR
* Kenmore 385.176418


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