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Thread: Any own have a Dial N Sew?

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    Smile Any own have a Dial N Sew?

    Hello all! I'm Chrystal, and this is my first post. Don't think my machine is a "vintage" but it is not new, very very dusty, and been sitting a very long time. I have had it in my posession for about 8 years. It was my ex-husband mothers. That's all I know about it. I have been using it as a desk for my own mid-nineties machine, I got as a gift from my mother. Well, that machine has been driving me nuts for years, I constantly have to play with tension and can never seem to get a good solid stitch out of it.

    Sorry, I digress lol. Point is, I remembered that I have a machine hidden under my "desk" just the other day, and when it comes to many things in life, the older stuff is better made. So, Today I unveiled her.... she is very intriguing looking, have pattern cams, which I know nothing about..., cleaned her up some, pluged her in, light still works. I have no idea when she was manufactured. I have been doing some research, can't find another single picture of her anywhere...

    Questions for you..

    1. Anyone know anything about this machine and how to "use it" lol

    2. What should I do to prep her for her first run. I want to make sure I don't do anything to wreck her. What should I look for?

    3. She has this "knee thingy" I have never seen a machine that didn't have a pedal??

    Thank you for bearing with me, I have just started my research into this machine and came across this forum....were I have been stuck for hours..... lol

    I am sure I sound completely clueless, that is because I am... I am in my mid thirties and have never used anything but was considered "modern".

    Thank you for reading!

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    Chrystal, First of all, welcome to the Board! You will gain a LOT of knowledge here and have a lot of fun as well.

    That said, I would encourage you to try to post some pics of your machine so the folks who know the most about them can determine what you have and how to use it. Can't tell much from your description.

    As for the "Dial and Sew", I assume that more than one machine was called that....we need to know who manufactured the machine, e.g., Singer, Pfaff, Brother, or other....you should find a name somewhere on the machine, maybe across the front somewhere.

    Good luck!
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    I have no idea who manufactured it. I am working on uploading some pics now. From what I understand so far, from reading this site, it is most likely made in japan. Dial N Sew is the only name on the machine anywhere. The book says De Luxe instruction book. No dates on any of the materials. It does have a J C # and a J A # stamped on the underside of the rim.... Posting pics shortly.

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    Ok. Think I got this photo thing figured out.
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    Ok, Now I got it lol. Here are some more
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    I've found a listing for a Dial n Sew model 49 on Craig's List and have been looking for information also. Tacony Corporation, the parent company of Baby Lock imported Japanese machines that were sold wholesale to sewing machine retailers. That sums up all I've found.

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    I see that you have the instruction book. That is a plus. First, you should follow the oiling instructions and give her a good drink top and bottom. You have the top off so you should GREASE the gear that you can see in the middle. Turn the hand wheel manually. Change the needle and start test driving her using your instruction book. I don't see any bobbins in your pile of goodies but the machine takes regular class 15 bobbins. The silver knob in front of the pillar raises and lowers the feed dogs.

    Your machine is in very good condition and with all of the goodies. If you have never used a knee controller you will learn to love it. BTW, welcome and do post pictures of your progress.
    Sweet Caroline

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    My first sewing machine was a Dial N Sew and I still have it. It doesn't have cams, but it has a dial on it and does a few stitches such as ZZ, blanket stitch, etc. I got it new from a door to door salesman I believe in 1979, but could have been 1980. It still works well and when I went to a sewing machine repair shop to purchase a walking foot a few years ago the owner said they were very good machines. I have never had it worked on, but have maintained it myself. I haven't used it for over a year now as I have gotten a couple of old Italian Necchi's that I just love.

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    My mother had a Dial N" Sew. I have no idea where it is right now.:{ Have fun.

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    Thanks for your replies ladies. Gonna oil her down this afternoon and test run her. Wish me luck! She turn really stiff manually so I am hoping that a good oiling will loosen her up.

    Any idea when she was manufactured? 80's maybe? I think she is one of what you people call a "badged" machine? Am I correct or way out in left field here? lol

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    Hi everyone! So yesterday my neighbor gave me the same machine and I'm so lost on what to do because I've never owned a machine and the last time I used one was years ago, so I don't know any of the terms or names of some of the machine parts. I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me out with the basics and where I could buy some of the parts because she gave it to me with nothing but the machine itself. Pls help!!!

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    What are you going to sew with it? It probably takes low-shank attachments like a low-shank Singer, and those can be purchased individually on ebay or Sew-Classic or many places. If you just want to do basic sewing and mending of clothes, probably a zipper foot is the most useful attachment (can be used for other than zippers.) Those green cams are for decorative stitches only. There's an extra needle plate shown in the pic above but that might be for straight-stitching. Most extra stuff, you can get along without. The only source for parts like cams and other specialized parts is people who buy machines and part them out. Low-shank attachments like rufflers and buttonholers can be bought / ordered from sewing machine dealers who do repairs.

    The manual, I don't know where you'd find one. Google sewing machine manuals and you'll find many sellers. One that I found has lots of Japanese machine manulas and maybe you can match that machine up to a picture and but a PDF manual that youdownload.

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    Welcome aboard chrystal! Oh she is a beauty... Be patient.. Oil and lube her and read the instructions.. With that machine, you won't need another...
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    Aw Shirley, it is her first machine. Perhaps she will become addicted to vintage machines and will be enabled by us to form a herd.

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    Jeff- I replied to pm. I have the original manual for this machine. If someone can instruct me on the best way to scan and compile it, I would love to share it with you! Can't help otherwise though, mine is giving me trouble

    And Ladies.....this forum has me slowing down at rummage sales and peering out the window at old machine tables wondering what may be in them lol.....I have overcome the urge so far, I must get mine working properly before I can even think of rescuing others lol. I am gonna be strong and save all my machine love for my Dial N Sew.

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    I don't see a place to put the cams. Am I looking wrong?

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    looks very much like a j.c.penney's machine that i bought in the 70's. if it's it, the machine is a work horse. someone just broke the slide you use to move the dial around to where you want to choose a decorative stitch. so i brought it to get fixed and it couldnt be fixed. so now i have the machine, it goes forward reverse and zig zag but no decorative stitches. but it easily goes thru 4 layers of fabric and 2 batting. thats 6 layers. not many machines can say that.

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    Barny- Do you see the big "dial" that has all the stitch patterns on it? It's actually a door, the cams go in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrystal2277 View Post
    Jeff- I replied to pm. I have the original manual for this machine. If someone can instruct me on the best way to scan and compile it, I would love to share it with you! Can't help otherwise though, mine is giving me trouble

    And Ladies.....this forum has me slowing down at rummage sales and peering out the window at old machine tables wondering what may be in them lol.....I have overcome the urge so far, I must get mine working properly before I can even think of rescuing others lol. I am gonna be strong and save all my machine love for my Dial N Sew.
    Chrystal; You have more than enough love for several more machines to be in your possession. Besides, you need an old Singer so the gals can natter at each other when you're not keeping them company. Yep, I'm enabling, no wait encouraging, you to rescue the older ladies when you see them.

    Chris, who has many machines and still keeps acquiring them.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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