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Thread: Need help with older Montgomery Ward machine

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    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
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    This is what I found on it. R 24NS-1352 A, Model B. I think it's a Montgomery Ward but I can't seem to find anything on it. Maybe I just don't know how to do it. I googled the the serial # but nothing comes up. Can anyone help me?

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    I have a machine from Montgomery Wards. Do you have a picture?

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    The old machines are all very similar in operation. I have figured out thrift shop Montgomery Ward machines without a manual. What kind of help do you need?

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    Try asking Billy (LostN51) here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-43881-1.htm

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    I have an old (30 yrs) MW machine-a work horse. It's labeled "Signature"--maybe try googling that.

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    Glad you ladies are having good luck with your Mongomery Wards machines. I bought a new one back in the 80's and it was a real lemon. Their shop couldn't even fix it and they wouldn't trade it for another one. Never shopped there, again. If we had owned a boat at the time, I would have let my better half use it for the anchor.

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    It's not just MW machines since the 80's. A lot of companies, including Singer , started using a lot of plastic in their machines and they just don't live up to the reputation of the older, metal, heavy as a brick, machines.

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    I learned to sew on a 1960s Montgomery Ward machine. It was blue and it was a tank. I was only able to break it once - no matter how hard I tried! Wish I still had it.

    Do you have a picture? That might help. :)

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    I'm going to get my Sister to take a picture of it. The table is a little beat up but fixable. The machine itself looks real good. It's a very dark brown and probably weighs 20-25 lbs without the table. I don't know what it's made of but it seems like cast iron to me :D It does need a bobbin case. The only thing on the machine is a small emblem with "MW" on it.

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    You might find a yahoo group for MW machines. If not, there is a group called 'wefixit' there that might be able to help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    It's not just MW machines since the 80's. A lot of companies, including Singer , started using a lot of plastic in their machines and they just don't live up to the reputation of the older, metal, heavy as a brick, machines.
    I won a Babylock Quilter's Choice machine a couple years ago - grand opening prize at LQS - I use it all the time and really like it, even though it is mostly plastic.
    However, I'd have kept using my very heavy, all metal Sears Kenmore until I died & been happy with it too. It has been my workhorse friend (wedding gown, prom dresses, dolls, crafts, upholstery, drapes, 4 kids' clothes, patching Carharts & denims, back packs, costumes, nursing uniforms, hubby's shirts, ties, jackets, suit, freehand embroidery on T-shirts, quilting, etc) for close to 40 years & I'll never part with it. I'm cautious with the Babylock because I feel components would break more easily than my old machine.

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    Oh I wish I could help you. I had an old MW machine and loved it till daughter took it with her. It is a mechanical from the late 60's early 70's. I remember when I took it in for a cleanup years ago and the repairman said never let this one go...it was and still is a fabulous machine running strong with great stitches. I'll look through my stuff and see if I can find anything out for you.

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