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Thread: Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches

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    Power Poster miriam's Avatar
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    Some times when you find a machine in the wild they look really terrible and you wonder if they will ever sew. Patience, time and lots of T-F - give it a good scrub - some times they clean up and look just like new. This one did believe it or not. I guess I do not have an after picture though. The orange ends and nose are a hoot.
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    I hope these will come up so you can see what a fun machine... The stitch selector levers were gummed up solid. T-F to the rescue.
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    Accidentally found this while looking for something else. Handcrank conversion of a pink Atlas / Brother. Pretty nifty. :-) Apoligies if this is someone here. I don't know who is who. Or who knows what. LOL

    If you don't want to watch all 10 minutes, it's a repro Singer hc and spoked wheel (Chinese imports.) The hole in the spoked wheel wasn't quite large enough so she used a Dremel tool to sand/wallow out the hole a bit, then tapped the wheel on with a mallet since it was still a snug fit.

    eta: I am encouraged by the fact that the repro wheel was too small to fit onto the shaft. It can be reamed out to be bigger, but shimming up one that's too large for the shaft would have been much more difficult.
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    sorry - my pictures didn't come up.
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    Here is a machine I cleaned up this morning. It seems to be a very nice machine - no disks came with it. Some I have around fit the shaft but were too big at the business end. It sews to the left and has a push button reverse. Everything works!

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    You have to be careful when buying these old colorful yet beautiful machines. A good percentage of them are left needle machines, like Miriam has talked about. Now, that's not a big deal if you're using it for general sewing. But left machines that can't center the needle are terrible at piecing as the fabric only rides over 1 feed dog to get a 1/4" seam. Not good at all for accuracy. I found that out the hard way on my last purchase:< It's a beauty but not what I need as a quilter. I need to look down at a centered needle with a walking foot too. But, here it is...
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    I though my pictures came up when I was posting. I'm so frustrated.
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    ANY HELP APPRECIATED!! I have been given this machine and can't find any information or history on it. It is a Brother Riviera 1681-M. It does zz and a few decorative stitches and also shows how to monogram with it. It has the removable bed to make it a free arm for pants, sleaves, etc. Doea anyone have any information on it. Thanks in advance!!!!
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    What information are you looking for? You may want to open the top and check the camstack on it. My Brother of similar time period has a large crack in it and a little bird told me many of the 70's type Brothers have cracked camstacks. Many of them can still sew o.k. but the decorative stitches may be affected.

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    Thanks Candance. No I haven't taken the top off yet....got to get my courage up!! I wondered about its history...when made etc....opinions on if they are worthwhile to get working right, if in good working order if they are keepers...etc. The same person also gave me a Singer 237 and I love, love, love that one.

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