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Thread: Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and Straight Sew Sewing Machines

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    irish rose,

    I have a ZZ machine with very similar lines, I think I posted it earlier in this thread. It's my American Home machine.
    I also have several of those foot controllers. They are one of my favorite designs. Very comfortable and responsive. MUCH better than the little button one Singer made for so long.
    The heating comes from the resistance unit doing it's job. When you run the machine fast the resistance is low to allow full voltage to the motor. When you run it slow the resistance is high to reduce the voltage. The voltage has to go somewhere so it's turned into heat by the wire coils around the ceramic block and dissipated.
    You have a PM on the way.

    Joe

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    The sticker is gone. It detracted from the elegance of that machine.

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    I got a Brother all cleaned up and he works real nice - centered needle, too!!! I love the color.
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    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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    I think this is the only one I have though there may be others. I have a White identical except for the color to one posted earlier, and I have a Dressmaker Zig Zag but not sure if its a Japanese or not. I honestly bought it for the cabinet and havent given it a second look. I've also got a 15 clone Admiral made in Occupied Japan but its a straight stitch only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
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    I think this is the only one I have though there may be others. I have a White identical except for the color to one posted earlier, and I have a Dressmaker Zig Zag but not sure if its a Japanese or not. I honestly bought it for the cabinet and havent given it a second look. I've also got a 15 clone Admiral made in Occupied Japan but its a straight stitch only.
    I think if you poke and prod and play with those machines you will like them. Is that Lenco a dedicated left hand needle position when it straight sews? Don't you just love the funny lines of that machine? Looks like the feed dogs drop for FM. The Dressmaker will be Japanese and may be a good machine that will hem all your jeans.
    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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    Hello,
    I'm new to your forum. I sew & stuff fabric teddy bears for the hospital axillary to give to whomever needs a hug. The bobbin winder unit on my trusty Singer 1425N sewingName:  P1030510 (Large).JPG
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    Kathleen (kskate)

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    Kathleen,

    The Japanese machines like this are pretty stout machines. Pull off the top, usually two screws and oil everything that moves or looks like it should move. "Gently" move all the controls as you do the oiling, don't force anything. Make sure the underside is clean and oiled as well.
    I recommend Tri-FLow oil.

    The motor may have a small hole on each end just above the end bushings for oil, if so give it a couple drops of oil, but not too much. Then release the stop motion knob and run the motor a full speed till it cleans itself out. You'll hear the motor sound change as the oil and debris burn off of the commutator.
    It is fairly common for them to smoke a bit when first run after sitting a while.
    I use regular sewing machine or small motor oil in motors.

    For a manual you might try: { http://sewusa.com/index.htm } or { http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/ }

    Joe

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    Oh, thank you! I now know I won't need to call the fire department if it smokes some. LOL I need to oil the machine, but just HAD to see if it even worked, & sewed a little on a scrap of material, the needle broke and then saw some smoke issuing from the motor, so I immediately stopped everything! Thanks again.
    Kathleen

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    Oh, me too me too...

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    That Ricar looks like a muscle machine!!!
    I love the looks of the Majestic - it looks like an old well loved car dash board. Nicks and scratches just add character - probably better than one that hasn't been used. Just do like Joe says and oil the inside parts that move. Triflow is the best.
    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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