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Free Westinghouse Model 803 made by Riccar Japan Vintage help

Free Westinghouse Model 803 made by Riccar Japan Vintage help

Old 08-28-2018, 05:26 PM
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I found this machine in my basement of my apartment building free. I cannot find a manual or what cams it uses. Can anyone fill me in on what cams it uses? Manual available? The only other one like this I could find was on your website from 2010. There is not another one in picture form I could find. Anyone that could help me I will be so thankful as this needs a rewire and some other adjustments.
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Old 08-28-2018, 06:09 PM
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Glowy, I don't honestly know which cams. The door and spindle look a lot like an old White that I have, and also a Remington. All of these machines were made in Japan in the 50's or early 60's - perhaps even from the same manufacturer. Unless someone here knows exactly which cams... I would also try the good people over at the Vintage Japanese SM Yahoo group:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...ns/topics/1448

It's a great looking machine and they were made the last.
I'll bet it will sew really well. Worth the effort to save it.

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Old 08-28-2018, 06:45 PM
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Good luck getting an answer from the Yahoo group, it's all but dead. If you're on Facebook, join the group, "Vintage Sewing Machines (Non Singer)". If there's a manual on this earth, Teena will find it.

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Old 08-29-2018, 05:54 AM
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Just a bit of a hint. We often call these Dashboard machines from their appearance to dash's from cars of the 50s.

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Oil everything that moves, or should. Try threading it. turn the handwheel by hand and see if it stitches. We can help you through a lot of it. Do you have the slide for over the bobbin?
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:27 AM
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I do have the slide for the bobbin. This is not my picture. I am not too savy with getting things out of my phone so I used this picture from elsewhere on the net. Sorry, but was the only way to get it in the post I knew of. Sometimes we technical are not so technical. Mine is in the same shape though and needs a complete rewire, which that I have done before so am not afraid of it. The wires crumbled the minute I touched them. THe rest of the machine is in pretty good order from what I can tell. Thank you everyone that replied. I am so happy to have people actually get back to me!!
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Thanks for the info, I will have someone else get on Facebook for me, I am not on there anymore. I hated everyminute of it as no one talks to each other and some just plain don't respect others. My opinion, not that I don't think it is useful.
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That machine could be treadled! It is very intuitive to thread. We have a thread on here about the old Japanese sewing machines with fancy stitches. There should be a generic manual link on there if the link still works. Victorian sweatshop forum may have a generic zz manual. Unless you have those disks you will have trouble finding anything to work. Sad. But it should be a very nice machine.
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Thanks I will check that forum out. I appreciate people like you who are willing to help. Have a great day!
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