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Thread: Who makes the Dressmaker machine?

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    Who makes the Dressmaker machine?

    Do you think this machine would be worth 40.00. I would like a backup one for when my Janome has to be in the shop. Here's the link for the machine on Craigs List.

    http://easttexas.craigslist.org/for/3578773635.html

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    I'd say if you are willing to pay that amount for it and really want it then go for it.
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    I don't want to pay that amount for it if it's not a good made machine. That's why I ask here where people know more about them than I do. I don't need another piece of junk, I already have two junky singers and a kenmore.

    I've been spoiled by my new home 446 that I've used since 1990 but now has a broken spring in the top tension and can't find a part for.

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    I believe they're a Japanese made machine and they're tanks and are nice machines. Be sure to open the top to make sure this model has no cracked gears or cams.

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    mcfay,

    New Homes of recent manufacture are made by Janome I believe. Contact them for the parts to your machine.

    As for the Dressmaker, I do not know who makes them off hand. If you can find a J- A number on it you can sometimes trace it down. That machine is a familiar design and I'd take a chance on it. But I also agree with Candace, check it out first.

    Joe

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    I'd say the same thing. Check it out, be sure everything works. It probably has plastic gears, and if that is the case, it will not last like the Singer and other vintage machines will. I'm guessing it is from the 1970s or so. It's not a particularly good or special machine, but $40 isn't a bad price for the machine and case, since the case alone can run $30 or more. I wouldn't pay more than that. It probably takes generic low shank attachments. I would be sure it has a blanket stitch, blind hem stitch, and decorative stitches. Take fabric, thread, needles, and a sample with batting between two pieces of muslin and test out the stitches and look at the foot pedal and wiring. See if the feed dogs drop. See how clean it is, or isn't. Look for rust. Does it have a bobbin case? Note that there appears to be no pressure on the foot/fabric now and you may have to depress that control to test it. If anything doesn't pass the test, don't buy it. This machine will not be as easily repairable as vintage machines. A visit to the repair shop could wipe out any savings on the price, and then some. If it were me, and I wanted it for quilting instead of clothes making, I'd ignore it. If you want dependable, go with a working vintage Singer for that same money at a thrift shop.
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    Dressmaker machines

    You won't regret spending 40.00 on this machine. I have a 30 year old dressmaker and she is very dependable. I also have a Janome and it needs more adjustments and time in the shop than the Dressmaker. I would not sell my machine for that price.

    Flo in NNY

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    I bought one from Craigslist and had nothing but trouble. Ended up giving it to Goodwill.

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