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Thread: Does anyone know anything about this sewing machine?

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    Hello Everyone,

    I found this "Stradivaro 30 Deluxe" at an Estate Sale one day a few blocks from my house and as always I head for the bedrooms (that's where most sewing rooms are setup), and sure enough there were piles and piles of material, patterns, half made quilts...etc. etc. But, the two things that caught my eye was the old 'wood ironing board' and a 'very dirty' white plastic sewing machine case hiding under a couple of boxes. Yipppy!! - Yahoo!! - Hit the jackpot with at least the ironing board. :-)
    Now outside, I had already seen a few treadle ? machines that were being sold off, but none looked like they worked. (I already have two now, and both need parts - oops). Anyways, I peaked inside and saw this dirty but oh so beautiful sewing machine....(I'm trying to make this short...but it's not working):?.....I asked to see if it sews and the ladies there where more than happy to show me that it did. So I bought it ($12.50) and of course the ironing board...plus a few other goodies....all to the aprox. amount of $25.00. OK, So, The ladies who sold me this machine did not know anything about it other than that it did sew. So? Does anyone here know anything about it? It's age? It's origin? (Actually I think I saw it say Japan - somewhere). Maybe where I might find attachments? Or if generic attachments might work?
    Thank you for all your help. I've been enjoying the newsletter for months now - starting back in 4/07 - and today was the day to jump in, join in, and learn some good stuff. :-)
    Ok, well thanks for reading the long 'subject matter' and I hope someone has 'seen' this machine before.



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    Thank you :lol:

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    I bet that's a GREAT machine!!

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    It's a very beautiful machine. I mostly got a run-a-round trying to find something about on the net, appears to be common in the 50's and 60's and suprisingly I found 2 different sites that said it was mady by Toyota. All the sites I found agreed that it was from Japan. Here is part of an article I found on a Stradivaro but not your model.

    "The actual machine itself was made in Japan. It is a product of Toyota; this is clearly found on the machine, in the proper place, along with the JIS mark. Toyota Motor Corporation originally produced the machines (beginning immediately post-war), and production was later split off to a subsidiary company known as Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd. It appears that Toyota first began to break into the US market in 1962; in 1970, Aisin Seiki set up its own sales network. Thus, the intervening period was likely filled with re-branded machines such as this one, helping narrow its likely date of production."

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    It is a very different color, I haven't seen anything quite like it.

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    I'll bet its got a lovely stitch on it.....But dont put your back out lifting it onto the table!.....It looks almost as heavy as my mums old Singer!

    Karen

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    No info, But that is a really pretty machine.

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    Before you end up with a really pretty paper weight, I suggest you call some of your local repair shops and see if anyone there knows how to work on one/can get parts for it.

    If they can, then you don't have to worry about who will service it, or fix it if it needs work!

    Good luck! It is a very pretty machine.

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    Well, the nice thing about those old machines is that you can usually do the servicing yourself! In general, they merely need periodic cleaning and oiling. There aren't a lot of plastic parts to break off (like my expensive Elna! :x ), and the belts are often standard sizes.

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    That is a beautiful machine!!!!

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    I don't know anything about the machine, but it is beautiful!!

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    http://www.geocities.com/wbd641/SewingMachines1.html This doesn't show your exact model, but gives you a little background on the Stradivaro name. (just scroll down till you come to 85)

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    No info - sorry, but it is a beautiful machine. The color is so unique.

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    Thank you everyone - :D

    Thimblebug6000....Wow, now those machines are cool too.

    My general update at this point is that today I am taking her to get looked at because last night I noticed my needle is starting to bend. :shock: and she started making a whining noise.... This place might be able to tell me something about it as I've had my Brother looked at by them too.....(sorry, I can't think of the name of this place where I'm taking her -). :oops:

    Ok, well - thank you again everyone.
    Talk to you all soon

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    i have the exact same machine in that same color, same model. i just started today trying to find it's worth. that is not a easy task. if you found an estimate would you e-mail me back...please

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    I know exactly what that is, and are you ever lucky! It is a clone of a Singer Model 15, called a Japanese clone Model 15. I have one just like it, but badged under a different name. Different sellers had them badged, or labeled with the seller's name, but it is the same machine. Mine is labeled "White". These were made around World War II in Japan, and the distinctive color gives that away. I just finished a complete meching on mine and, as always, that baby purrs. I gave it new wiring and a longer cord as well. It goes through fabric like a knife through butter. I totally love mine and would never give it up.

    BTW, did you know you can get attachments to have it zig zag, do blind hems, make buttonholes, and more? They are normally available on e-bay. Also, this is one of the best machines for machine quilting ever made. One reason is the vertical bobbin. I haven't tried free- motion quilting on it, though.

    Cherish that machine! I know I cherish mine.

    Cricket

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    It's value is in how the machine runs and how nice it is to work with it. I would be surprised if you could get more than $75 for it, with cabinet, sold locally. On e-bay, in better economic times than these, you might get more. If it needs any maintenance, wiring work, or cleaning, it is worth it, IMHO. Seldom will you find a more reliable machine or a better sewer.

    However, for it's engineering and the smoothness with which it runs, and the joy it gives by using it, that machine is priceless, IMHO. Be nice to it, keep it oiled and cleaned, and your great grandchildren will use it.

    Cricket

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    It's pretty.

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    Oh, I love it!
    Enjoy!
    lots2do

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    The color is worth $12.50.

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    I have a Stradivaro superdeluxe 95 that was my mother's sewing machine. It is the only machine that I have used for the past 50 years. Both your machine and mine were based on Singer sewing machines. Your's looks like it might have been based on a singer 401. Mine has a series of cams that are inserted into the machine to do fancy zigzag stitches. I use one particular cam to do applique on my quilts.
    I am looking for a walking foot for my machine. If you get any infomation on where I might get one. I would appreciate it. FYI you can purchase short shank Singer feet for your machine if you need to replace them.

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    Wow, Thank you everyone for all the information you've all posted. I would love to see pictures of the other Stradivaro's and or the Singer's this was modeled after.
    Soon after I posted my question here, I did clean her up, and got her serviced, (they said she was in beautiful condition), and bought an 'old' new desk for her. Which I still need to 'modify' just for her. *If you can't tell, I simply LOVE my little machine here*.

    Once again, I'm sorry for not replying or thanking everyone sooner. I lost my way back to this place until tonight when I got an e-mail from here.
    (I'll bookmark it better this time :-) ).

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    It is a "clone" of a Singer model 15. You can download a free manual for a Singer 15 from internet. IT has one really nice feature and that is the knob that you can turn to "darn" which drops the feed dogs for free motion quilting. Have fun with it. The Japanese often used foreign names that seemed to them to indicate something really good or classy. The Stradavario is after the famous Italian Violin maker. I have one like similar called a Fiatelli - like the car. great machine, and a pretty color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket_iscute
    I know exactly what that is, and are you ever lucky! It is a clone of a Singer Model 15, called a Japanese clone Model 15. I have one just like it, but badged under a different name. Different sellers had them badged, or labeled with the seller's name, but it is the same machine. Mine is labeled "White". These were made around World War II in Japan, and the distinctive color gives that away. I just finished a complete meching on mine and, as always, that baby purrs. I gave it new wiring and a longer cord as well. It goes through fabric like a knife through butter. I totally love mine and would never give it up.

    BTW, did you know you can get attachments to have it zig zag, do blind hems, make buttonholes, and more? They are normally available on e-bay. Also, this is one of the best machines for machine quilting ever made. One reason is the vertical bobbin. I haven't tried free- motion quilting on it, though.

    Cherish that machine! I know I cherish mine.

    Cricket


    :thumbup:

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    Very cool machine!

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