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1970(ish) Atlas Sewing Machine

Old 05-11-2023, 10:41 AM
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I am trying to find (at least a picture of) the machine that my mom had at our house that I also used to help her make her handmade dolls. This would have been about 1975-76. It was an Atlas. It had select stitch. This machine could even do simple embroidery. The different stitches were illustrated on the arm of the machine and may have had a push button for each one (my memory is vague on that aspect). It didn't have a vintage 60's look to it at all from what I see of the only pictures I can find online. I'm certain it was an Atlas I was 12-13 yrs old at the time and running off patterns 20 at a time for her to invert and stuff. It's seems wacky to me that I can't generate a search that will produce an image (and very fond memory) of that model. Can someone help me better identify and help me find this, apparently, elusive model???
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Was it pink?
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Was it pink?
No. It was off white and looked a bit more modern than ANY of the pictures I found in all my searching.
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I wonder if it was a Select-o-matic as seen in this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLCn203rQt0
According to the manual found at https://archive.org/details/select-o...ge/18/mode/2up it has some built in decorative stitches.

There is another pink Atlas that is a little different from the above one, but not much info about the machine itself at
Pink Atlas--can you identify ?

There were a couple of Atlas machines that have decorative stitches, but are on Pinterest. Both are from ebay, so no longer able to be found on ebay. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/vtg-se...9627751461691/ and https://www.pinterest.com/pin/vintag...8258071141813/

Good luck on your search.

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Sorry, I replied before I read your response so ignore the grayed out.

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Just found this one, but does not have decorative stitches and the push buttons lower or raise the feed dogs. https://www.ebay.com/itm/26519306462...Bk9SR5DFntyBYg

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That isn't it. I'm afraid that I may be mistaken about the buttons. It may have been a dial. However, it WAS in a hideaway table just like that one with the knee pedal!
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I'm going to guess it's a Japanese Zig Zag machine. You might find a clue in the 50-odd pages of this thread, dedicated to those beasts:

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

Quest on!
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It's my understanding that Brother produced many Atlas machines post-WWII for marketing in the U.S. Maybe you'd have better luck finding a match by searching for photos of Brother models from the 1960/70s?

For instance, would this be closer to what you remember? (Brother ZU2-B687 Pacesetter: Source Link)


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I found a Reddit thread that might be helpful: https://www.reddit.com/r/sewing/comments/je69ez/anyone_have_info_on_this_machine/

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Old 05-13-2023, 12:53 PM
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Whoops, meant to add a photo of the machine from the linked Reddit thread. By the time I realized it, I couldn't edit my comment anymore.



If this is a closer match to what you remember, it's likely that AlZilla was correct in suggesting it's a Japanese ZigZag machine. From the reddit comments on that thread:
It's a generic Japanese zigzag (relatively new; probably from the 70s or 80s). Atlas is not a manufacturer; it's a badge name.
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machines sold under this badge were made by Brother. This model is almost identical to the Brother XL703.
(Source Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/sewing/comm..._this_machine/)

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