Readers, I know: yet another sewing machine found on the street.
I think this my sixth or seventh. Without a doubt, it's my heaviest. It weighs 37.5 lbs. That's 10 lbs. more than my Bernina 930!
|Yes, I actually weighed it with a postal scale.|
Here's how it happened:
I was finishing up yesterday afternoon's dog walk when I saw this case sitting among the garbage cans of a nearby townhouse.
What would you have done, just left it there?
I picked it up (ouch -- heavy!) and unlatched the box. OK, I was hoping for a Pfaff, Necchi, or Bernina, but this Japanese-made, Gimbel's-badged zigzag sewing machine is beautiful inside and out. First I had to lug it home though. I made the mistake of trying to carry it by the handle and in 20 seconds this happened. So predictable!
Once I got the machine home, I inspected it more carefully. Everything looked good: hardly any dust, wires in good condition, no frozen parts. It was missing its bobbin case but, fortunately, I had an extra one that fit (the same type that fits my Kenmore 158.141; the Singer 15-91 bobbin didn't work).
This is a high-shank machine and the foot sits in the left position, not an uncommon feature on machines from this period. I happened to have a high-shank straight stitch foot harvested from some other machine I once owned and, with that attached, the needle sits dead center -- perfect, since this is such a great machine for straight stitching, even though it's a zigzagger.
There are numerous buttons (push-buttons were the craze back then), the feed dogs drop, and it even performs a blind hem stitch (woo-hoo). I just love the look of it -- like a 1950's Chevrolet -- and the heavy weight means that it feels incredibly solid. (I guess you could say it was overbuilt.) The motor works perfectly: no bad odors and very quiet.
There was no manual but I was able to thread the machine intuitively. I opened it up and oiled it just about everywhere. You can see me sew with it a bit here.
One of the great things about this machine is that the motor is external. If it ever wears out you can easily replace it. More photos below:
One feature I love is the hinged thread spool pins. I've never seen those before!
Will I keep this machine? For the time being, yes. These vintage Japanese machines have very little re-sale value, sadly, but they are lovely looking and sew beautifully.
Ever own one like mine?
Have a great day, everybody!
(You can learn a little more about these old Japanese-made sewing machines here.)
|That look says, "ANOTHER sewing machine???"|