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Thread: Score! Killing time at the ReStore today...

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    Senior Member MrsBoats's Avatar
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    I was killing time at our local Habitat ReStore and found two nice machines in the back. One is a Cavalier, which looks to be a 50's/60'sish Japanese Singer clone. Nice, but ordinary. (Except for the spool pin, which pops up when you push down on the collar around it. :D ) This one will go to my osmg, who will refurb and sell it. It kind of reminds me of the Morse IV-same era 'dashboard', I think. I found the teeny Army man in the pocket, guarding the bobbins. :)

    The other one, I'm keeping! It's a Nelco, and will be my new backup machine. This one is heavy, but has a plastic access in the back, and a nylon (I think) cam stack inside. The rest of the innards are metal. My favorite part is it is a free arm-the bed slides off. As much as I like my table-mounted Pfaff 130, some things are just easier with a free arm. (Cuffs spring to mind!) If you leave the bed on the end folds down-I think actually, it folds back up so it will fit in the case. The case is interesting too-it doesn't actually latch; the handle just sticks up through it. I haven't found the model on the 'net yet, so figuring out all the fun stuff might be interesting. If you know anything about it, share, please! I'd love to know more.

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    It's got the cutest little accessories storage! It's full of rotten sponge dust...and feet!
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    sticker on the back
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    the presser foot pressure knob is actually a lever
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    This, I dunno about. I've got the back off, and still can't see anything to be turned. Any guesses?
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    The make, model and serial number on the bottom. It's not helping me find any info though.
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    Nice machines!!

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    the Nelco is neat. great past time.

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    great score

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    Very nice!
    Have fun!

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    I had no idea they would have sewing equipment there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518
    I had no idea they would have sewing equipment there.
    Oh yeah. I've both seen and gotten other machines there in the past, and ours currently has a decent Singer 127 (I think-vibrating shuttle, Sphinx decals) in with the fancy stuff. The Cavalier was sitting on an empty sewing table, and I got my original sewing table there. Plus I saw that there's a giant blue tub of patterns and misc notions, etc, but didn't take the time to rummage through it.

    There's a reason I check it out regularly! :D

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    That Nelco is neat. That mystery screw is some type of tension I think, but I don't know where it leads to. My DD has a brother with one of those on it.

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    My MIL had one, I think the screw is to be turned for the width of the zig zag if it has one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    I saw that, but none of them are the right model. Unfortunately, none of them look close enough to the right model either that I want to spend $10 and find out.

    There's always got to be an oddball, and looks like this time, I've got it!

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    http://www.sew4less.com/sitemap_prod...52&ModelID=647

    I did a search on google, and ya know what came up? YOUR post! ha!

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    http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auc...iew?auc=483983

    It was made by Necci and Elna - you could contact them for information, I am sure - good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch
    http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/auc...iew?auc=483983

    It was made by Necci and Elna - you could contact them for information, I am sure - good luck
    It wasn't though. Knock-off isn't quite the right word...It was made to be an homage to the best of both-the guy that created it (Leon Jolson) was a distributor for both Necchi and Elna, and he was looking for a lower cost, high quality machine, so he borrowed stuff he liked from each, mashed them together (like the name-Necchi Elna CO), and there you go. Neither Necchi nor Elna were happy about it, and pulled their distributor ship from him.

    I've gotten quite an education trying to find out about this one!

    Thanks for the link-that's the first picture I've seen like mine.

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    Nice finds! How about forward / backward for + / - or a tension adjustment?

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