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My other Classic / Vintage Obsession... Sewing Machines.

Old 11-12-17, 01:21 AM
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Fired up the Singer 328 Style-O-Matic this evening. I was a bit rusty and it was a bit dusty, had not used it for a few years, once I got it dialed in for the task it ran like a champ. It was my Mom's who passed away 7 years ago, besides the memories it is one of the few material things I held on to. Thanks much Mom!

Not mine however looks just like this:

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I'm in the Singer featherweight club too, guys. I may have already posted but I couldn't find it. I inherited my step-fathers, sisters sewing machine. Complete with box, handbook, and the little oil can. It runs but needs love. I live just around the corner from a specialist in these older sewing machines but for the moment it's mostly decorative. Great example of solid craftsmanship, I think some of my bikes weigh less!
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Here is my Necchi Supernova, picked it up at a flea market a few years ago, it works well with canvas, strap webbing, and even thin leather but I need to gear it down a bit. I got it around the same time I was getting into Italian Bikes and campy components so it was fun to have this project going at the same time.
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No pictures yet, but a pan! I just finished building up/restoring two Raleigh Sports3-speeds for my daughter and myself. We plan on riding in a classic British Cycle event this September in the Twin Cities. The daughter is pretty pumped up for the ride, so she’s going to break out the old Featherweight and sew up our kit for the ride. We’ll see how it goes.
Some days, it's not even worth gnawing through the restraints.
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We have a LOT of sewing machines, but here's one you don't see every day -
This photo was right after we got it (Much shinier, now)
We bought this 130 a couple years ago, from a woman that was using it as an "antique" display item

SHE got it from an Air Force officer's wife, who bought it when her husband was stationed in Germany.
Originally owned by a tailor, there, I think - In the drawer, I found old repair receipts from a shop in Heidelberg .
I really like the mission-style treadle stand, complete with a little bracket for an oil can.

It was completely stuck, and hadn't sewn in many years, but after completely going though it,
and adjusting everything (including the table), and setting it up with a new leather belt, it sews beautifully.
Now, I just have to re-finish the table ...........
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Originally Posted by brandonk View Post

Here is my Necchi Supernova, picked it up at a flea market a few years ago, it works well with canvas, strap webbing, and even thin leather but I need to gear it down a bit. I got it around the same time I was getting into Italian Bikes and campy components so it was fun to have this project going at the same time.
I just got turned on to Necchi machines...and went overboard in the same week:

Left-right: Nora NA, BU Mira, BU Nova.

I got the Nora working 100% (including some wiring work). But BU Mira has issues with L/R needle position and subsequently ZigZag. It seems to have been dropped on its face (bent and broken levers there).

The BU Mira was seized up. Got it working

Also in the collection:

Singer 201 (1947) complete with cabinet, full assortment of accessories, books, etc... rewired myself. 100% working.

Japanese DeLuxe Model 1952 branded "Ambassador". Super clean and smooth. Still need to rewire it. Seems to be like new otherwise.

Japanese DeLuxe Model DOM-B Super ZigZag in working cabinet. Branded "Rocket". 100%.

Japanese White Super Delux 967 in cabinet. Was seized. Working but stitch length knob isn't working. Is plastic.

Modern machines:

Pfaff Passport 3.0 (a really good basic machine)

Sailrite LS-1 (Thompson Mini Walker clone with upgrades).

FYI: If you are looking for a high quality travel case for your vintage machines, the Sailrite case works (you may need to modify it):


It uses the same pin standard that Singer uses. I got my 201 into the case but I had to shave off some of the wood to allow for it. Other machines went in with no issues. It's a truly industrial case. The kind of case that bands might use on tour.
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