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Thread: Know anything about vintage Riccar machines?

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    Exclamation Know anything about vintage Riccar machines?

    I bought a vintage Riccar sewing machine at an estate sale and can't find any information about it anywhere. It has model T-13304 on it and the manual says "Zig Zag". It's a green color, I'm thinking about 1960's - early 70's. Would anyone happen to have any information about these machines or know where I can go to find out more?
    Thanks for any help!!
    Kim

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    I'm thinking this area is for computer type help to use QB. I don't know much about Riccar. To get much response, you might need to post: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...thusiasts-f22/
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    Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell
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    Ok someone did move this! Some Riccar machine have a belt with cloth and metal - it can fall apart. It is all I know.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    Its very difficult to find information on these wonderful machines. I had one, not your model, it was a real workhorse for 35 years, had 38 built in stitches., even went thru a house fire and came out still sewing without a tune up. I loved that machine, and have looked for years for another like it. Still looking. Stupidly I took it to a Singer Center hoping for a fix and ended up with a Singer and gave the Singer Man the parts and manuals.

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    Yes, I almost bought a new one in 1968, but then was swept off my feet by a Wards Signature. I do know it was a good machine at the time. We have a store here in Greenville that sells Riccar items and vacuums.

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    I had a riccar when first married, 1962. I struggled with it for about 15 years. Traded it in for a Singer 778. That is still my daily use machine. I did a lot of garment sewing back then. Did not like the machine, it seemed to always give me some kind of problem. I do not remember what now, I did not do fancy stitches with it.

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    I know nothing about Riccar except somehow/somewhere I acquired a complete set+ of embroidery cams. If anyone needs them, I can give you a great deal.

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    I have a Riccar 777 (60's) model that is parts only because it is rusted and froze up horribly. Riccar made sewing machines until late 60's early70's, then the company was bought by a Japanese company. Riccar then dropped sewing machines and made only vacuum cleaners. So it is disheartening to look up your number from your sewing machine and get a hose part for a vacuum!! There weren't many made and fewer still around. What I can gather is that while still in America --Chicago I believe was the head quarters-- they were good sewing machines and parts available. when they moved over seas, sewing machines dropped off and parts were spent. I got this from the Riccar site when I was trying to get mine going.
    Good Luck with yours. Mine is a door stop, or maybe a lawn ornament or tractor.

    If my machine can help you with parts for yours, I'll be glad to part out what can be salvaged, just pay shipping. PM me if you are interested.
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