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Thread: Aqua Bel Air Style 414

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    Super Member spartan quilter's Avatar
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    Aqua Bel Air Style 414

    I just found this machine tucked away in my Mom's house. I looked online, and could find nothing about it. I love it for the color and the deep throat of 8 inches. If anyone can help me with info or where to go, would sure appreciate any and all info. Thanks for looking.

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    One neat thing I noticed is that the rod, for a better word, holding the spool on top of the machine, tips up and down.

    I do not know if this machine even runs, because I just brought it in and it is really cold. I may just take it to my machine repair man, and let him check it over. I sure hope that he can get it running. I only have one foot for it, but it appears to be about a 1/8 inch foot, so if it runs, it would be great when I need to do a SCANT 1/4 inch seam.
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    sew is pretty blue and metal parts I'm sure that she will run like a charm too
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    Have a great day and happy sewing !

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    Love the blue color!
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    Love the retro and blue color.

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    What a unique machine! Thanks for showing !

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    Oh what a pretty machine!!!!

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    Pretty machine! The spool pin lays down for storage so that it doesn't poke a hole in the cover.
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    oh how pretty! I hope you get it running!

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    Well, only the top half of the picture loaded, but I can tell you this. It's a Japanese made machine very similar to several I have here.

    Plug it in and I'll bet it will run. Most likely will need cleaned and oiled, but that ain't hard.

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    Lovely old badged Japanese machine - did you look underneath and see if it has a stamp - it might be Toyota or possible a Brother. Clean it, oil it and it should be good to go!

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    I did tip it up and found the work, SEWMOR, across a bottom bar. And after looking at the underneath area, I realized how UNCOMPLICATED this machine is. I am going to do some oiling and wiping off and see how it sews. I did finally plug it in and touched the foot pedal for about 5 seconds, and found that it does work. A project for Sunday.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    Lovely old badged Japanese machine - did you look underneath and see if it has a stamp - it might be Toyota or possible a Brother. Clean it, oil it and it should be good to go!
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    just doing a quick kanoodle around the internet, chances are good that your machine was made by Brother...Sewmor was very popular on any number and variety of Japanese machines but the shape of the head of yours is very similar to a Brother Super Streamliner. Glad to here she is working fine!

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    Thanks for the info. I dropped oil into all of the right places, I think, figured out how to thread it, and practiced a few stitches. WOW, what a perfect straight line and tension looks awesome. This may become a basic machine for me. I am still taking it in to my machine guy. It was free to me, and investing a little on a tune up, will be worth it. I am so looking forward to finishing the remodel of my sewing room and setting this up. Even if I never used it, I love the color and it will always be a reminder of my Mom.

    Thanks to all for the comments and info.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    just doing a quick kanoodle around the internet, chances are good that your machine was made by Brother...Sewmor was very popular on any number and variety of Japanese machines but the shape of the head of yours is very similar to a Brother Super Streamliner. Glad to here she is working fine!
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    just love the old machines and seeing pics of others machines. Always on the hunt for them. happy sewing1
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    I've not heard of or seen this brand of machine before so can't help you but it is a great looking machine!
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    I love the blue color. I'll bet if you let the machine warm up it should sew just fine. The needle probably goes in with the flat to the right and threads from left to right.

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    Can't tell you about her. But she is a beauty. thanks for sharing.
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    nice color - I have seen Belaire machines that looked like the inside of a car dash board
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    You are so right about the needle. I have a hard time threading needles, with my vision getting worse all the time, and both of my other machines, have threaders. When I went to thread it, I realized why there was one of those old fashioned needle threaders, you know, with the fine wire in a diamond shape, at the end of a dime sized medal piece. It worked for me, and I will always have to keep it with the machine. I did take it to the sewing machine guy today, and he commented that this was a very good machine. I am anxious to get it back and start sewing with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I love the blue color. I'll bet if you let the machine warm up it should sew just fine. The needle probably goes in with the flat to the right and threads from left to right.
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    Pretty blue machine. Let us know what your repairman tells you.

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    Just as an aside, you might be pleased to know that the 'deep throat' is called a large harp.
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    http://muncie.craigslist.org/art/2849304603.html found one similar on CL north east of Indy
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer View Post
    Just as an aside, you might be pleased to know that the 'deep throat' is called a large harp.
    I knew that there should be a better name, but could not think of what it was. I won't use the other term again. lol


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    I have a Federal that looks very Similar to your BelAire down to the spool pin tilting and all.
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    What a sexy machine! Very cool!

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