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Thread: anyone here Treadle a Necchi BU?

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    anyone here Treadle a Necchi BU?

    I have looked at several vintage BU's needing help for pretty reasonable prices, and I am considering replacing my 306 with the Necchi as I like the built in ZZ as opposed to my 306 cam only ZZ, and I am also wondering what needles the BU takes ( hopefully it will be more standard than the 206x 13 of the 306)

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    I treadle a BU Nova, and don't like it. Sweet, sweet machine, treadles smooth as silk, easy to switch between treadle and house power, but it takes high-shank feet, which leaves out every foot I own but the one on it. (That's why I've avoided slant machines, much as I like them. How many feet do I really need?) I'm seriously tempted to either A: lower the presser foot bar (I don't know how doable that is) or B: move it on to a new home. It does take ordinary 15x1 needles, which is nice. They are superb machines, whether treadled or powered.
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    Hmmm, Thank you for the insight, Luckily for me one of my singers is also a high shank machine, I might have to see about picking one up when I am in the states.

    Can I ask you how much "Clearance" there is under the presser foot ?(I tend to sew thick seams and buildups) and does the ZZ seem pretty solid ?

    Thank you
    Dan

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    The clearance between the foot and plate is 3/8", and it seems like it 'rides' over seam bumps easily-I've never managed to choke it yet.

    The ZZ is also very nice, and one of the wider ones I've seen, although I didn't think to measure it.

    I've got mine in a 7-drawer Singer cabinet, and it fits fine. BUT the hinge pin holes are *smaller* than the Singer hinge pins. You're either going to have to grind down the pins, bore out the holes, or find Necchi hinges to use instead. I did a bit of both-boring cast iron makes me nervous, so I also ground down the pins a bit. I think that Necchi hinges are offset, which means it wouldn't then fit in a Singer cab, but I'm not for sure on that.

    It really is a gorgeous machine. I wish I liked it better-I'd use it more.
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    MrsBoats - why don't you like the machine?

    I acquired one a couple of summers ago - I'm having a terrible time threading the needle.

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    Bear, she said in her first post that it uses Highshank feet, and does not have anything else that does. I think the lack of feet to fit and no desire to collect a second set is the only real complaint.

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    Greywuuf is right. I do actually like the machine-it sews beautifully, and is almost silent when treadled--but the high shank is an issue, since it's the only one I have, and only came with the foot on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    Greywuuf is right. I do actually like the machine-it sews beautifully, and is almost silent when treadled--but the high shank is an issue, since it's the only one I have, and only came with the foot on it.
    Are different feet that hard to come by? The one I acquired has several (yippee! - but I doubt that I'll use many of them)

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    No, they're not. Not quite as common as low shanks, but still fairly ordinary. I just refuse to buy yet more feet when I've got dozens of feet that fit every machine I own (except the top clamps, which are mostly for show anyway) except the Necchi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    No, they're not. Not quite as common as low shanks, but still fairly ordinary. I just refuse to buy yet more feet when I've got dozens of feet that fit every machine I own (except the top clamps, which are mostly for show anyway) except the Necchi.
    I would be willing to bet that most people only use two or three of the presser feet that come with their machines.

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    Hi, I just discovered these silent beauties. I am on the hunt for a Necchi BU. I saw several on youtube and wondering how some machines run so quiet and others not as much. Do people "treadle" their vintage machines because it makes them more quiet?

    I must admit, the reason why I fell in love with the BU because of it "silent running". If this is the reason I would definitely do it also. Is there any websites, or classes that show how to do this?

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    I'm just about to start treadling one! Will be getting it on Sunday and found your post while I was researching it. I have an industrial machine so no probs with the feet, but it might have taken me a while to realise they were interchangeable if I hadn't read up on it!

    So excited. It's in the most unusual looking table top with Necchi treadle irons that look very Art Deco. I'll post some pics as soon as I get it and let you know what I think

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    I have looked at several vintage BU's
    I haven't used my Necchi BU (Original BU) for some time and it was one of the first vintage machines in my stable. I swear it uses low shank feet. It came with a few and I used them. I will have to get it out and check.

    My collection increased without any organization and my feet are all mixed up. So, I consequently know when someone says they prefer to stick to one type shank. Since, I've learned to keep feet with machines.

    And, you are correct. It is a silent beauty and sews extremely well. However, I'm hooked on the SS vintage Singers (hard to explain).
    Ron in NW MO

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