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    Trying to find info

    I have inherited 2 sewing machines, one from my grandmother and one from my mother, and was hoping to find some information about these machines. I've not had a great deal of luck with internet searches for this. I would like to know the year the machines were made and a good source for manuals for them. Both run well.
    First is a White, serial number 1900, model number 3954.
    Next is a Dressmaker, serial number 3047 8085, model number Sz-581.
    While I don't think either is really old, they both I believe are all metal.
    Thank you!

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    Can you post pictures? The Dressmaker name is a catchall name for many made in Japan machines. If you look under the bed of the machine you will see a JA-# The number tells what company made the machine. There are still a few unidentified factories but I have never run across a machine I couldn't get a maker ID for. Do the same with your White machine. After about 1950 (give or take a couple years) the White company started sourcing their machines from Japan.

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    We have some posts about the Japanese machines:
    Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and Straight Sew Sewing Machines
    Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches
    Will the REAL 15 clone please stand up
    You do not have a picture but maybe the info on one of those will be helpful.

    I have trouble finding info on White machines, too. I haven't seen an old one I hated yet though.
    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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    Dressmaker has a JA 5. It is a zig zag and has design cams.

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    White machine is also a zig zag with design cams. It has a JA 23.
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    Those machines will be simple to clean and simple to use. Here is a generic manual might be of some kind of help. http://www.dontai.com/wp/images/imperial-535-manual.pdf
    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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