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Thread: Dressmaker Sewing Machine

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    I have an "old" Dressmaker sewing machine manufactured in Japan. I got the serial number off of it but I cannot find any info about it at all, I have tried several different search methods. Do any of you know anything about them?

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    The serial number won't get you as much information as the model number. It might be somewhere on the motor.

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    hmm, I'll look again. I just can't find "anything" about Dressmaker except some low end models made here in the U.S. This one states made in Japan and is "all" metal, no plastic on it anywhere. It has just been sitting under my table in my sewing room for about 20 years and I got it out today to see what I could learn about it.

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    is it a singer 15 clone? Mine is a Royal made in Japan. Add this to the Vintage section and maybe Billy can help you.

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    I got a Dressmaker long time ago from my MIL - turns out the machine was just as difficult as its original owner. I gave it back to her.

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    too funny madquilter
    I'll check out the vintage one ginnie6
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I got a Dressmaker long time ago from my MIL - turns out the machine was just as difficult as its original owner. I gave it back to her.
    At least your MIL gave you something. The only thing I every got from my first one was a headache that went clear down below the waist. Oh, I take that back, one year for Christmas she bought me two rounds of cheese--a longhorn and a swiss. The 1st hubby said, "She doesn't like cheese." to which MIL said, "Well, you do, dear, so it won't go to waste." I never figured out why she didn't just put his name on it in the first place. My second MIL had nothing to give anyone but she was nice and that was more than enough.

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    Hi Lisa, I have maybe the same machine. I got it a couple of years ago and found a site to order the manual. I have no extra accessories but it sews ok with a straight seam. It is a bit slow on the uptake, so I may need to replace the motor at some time. This machine is simple so pretty and such fine craftsmanship and in perfect shape! I haven't had much time lately to really check it out since we recently oiled it and placed it in a nice deco cabinet. Mine is a pretty light aqua color. I don't have much other info than that at this time.

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    I had a dressmaker about 20 years ago I bought it new, from one of those guys that goes around selling a bunch of close out machines. I loved it, and it worked really well, but one of the kids dropped it...never worked again. Mine was white and all metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I got a Dressmaker long time ago from my MIL - turns out the machine was just as difficult as its original owner. I gave it back to her.
    hahahhaha :) :P :P :P

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    I had a White Dressmaker that was very similar to the Brother machines made around the same time. (1970). You might be able to check on the White manufacturing company and come up with some info.

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    please post a picture of your old sewing machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa
    I have an "old" Dressmaker sewing machine manufactured in Japan. I got the serial number off of it but I cannot find any info about it at all, I have tried several different search methods. Do any of you know anything about them?
    Did you ever find out any info on this machine? I think I have one like it too.

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    No, not yet. I will get a picture posted and let you see it. It is very pretty. It's like a chocolate pudding color, yum! lol. It is a very pretty brown color like milk chocolate. I'll have to get my daughter to stop by and take a pic of it for me so it might take a few days.

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    Mine is white and blue, very rusty , I haven't plugged it in yet.

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    I have a dressmaker that I bought new in 1978 and it still runs like a charm.

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    I recently purchased what sounds like the same dressmaker, older made in japan and I can't find any info on how to use it, have you any luck or suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I got a Dressmaker long time ago from my MIL - turns out the machine was just as difficult as its original owner. I gave it back to her.
    At least your MIL gave you something. The only thing I every got from my first one was a headache that went clear down below the waist. Oh, I take that back, one year for Christmas she bought me two rounds of cheese--a longhorn and a swiss. The 1st hubby said, "She doesn't like cheese." to which MIL said, "Well, you do, dear, so it won't go to waste." I never figured out why she didn't just put his name on it in the first place. My second MIL had nothing to give anyone but she was nice and that was more than enough.
    I would have loved cheese! My MIL gave me one of those old fashioned red rubber hotwater bottle/douche bag combination thingys and told me to keep it hanging on the back of the bathroom door!! You young girls will have no idea what I'm talking about.

    Never could figure out what she was trying to say? LOL

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    I do!! to funny

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    If the tensioner is on the front face plate of your machine, I think you probably have a Japanese clone of a Singer Model 15....You are LUCKY!! They were actually made better than the Singer model 15, and a lot of people think that is one of the best machines Singer ever made.

    You can drop the feed dogs by a little mechanism under the front of the machine so you can free motion quilting on this machine. Get yourself a Singer 15 manual (for free) off the internet, and it will also be accurate for the one you have.

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    Thanks for the info. I bought the machine from someone but I never have used a sewing machine before and finding the manual would greatly help. Hope it works out!

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    I was given an old dressmaker sewing machine also made in Japan. It is either a brownish color or just needs a good cleaning. I can't get it to make a stitch. I need a manual or need to know how to find a repairman

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