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Thread: My new Morse/Toyota/Visi-o-matic pics

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    My new Morse/Toyota/Visi-o-matic pics

    Hi All

    I have been bursting all day, trying to find the time to upload and edit the pics of my new baby! This machine has been listed and re-listed on Kijiji for the last month at least - I kept looking at it, it kept coming down in price....so yesterday I finally called and we went to look at it.

    Hubby lifted her up out of the cabinet and went huh!! ...she is stamped Toyota in 3 different places underneath even though her plate says "Arrow Automatic" and her manual calls her a Visi-o-matic. The cabinet has been abused but the machine has not, she is almost pristine and she came with all her accessories - cams, feet, bobbins, etc. All that was missing out of the kit are the screwdrivers, oil can and something called an embroidery spring. She needs a new belt and a new bulb for the dashboard light - yup, her dashboard lights up!!!
    I am anticipating that she will sew like a dream from what I have read about these machines.

    Here she is - no name yet, the lady we bought her from ($40.00) was Berta - but I don't think she is a Berta but I might call her "Birdie" because of the bird logo on the dial - hubby and I are avid birders so that would be appropriate LOL

    #1 The crochet mat to the far right was a bonus - a really cute hotpad with little crochet flowers that was used as a pin holder/needlebook
    #2 The instruction "manuel" is written in 'Engrish" quote: "make automatic sewing by each of the sew-discs"
    #3 That illustration pretty well dates the machine - everything was "o-matic" in the 50's and 60's
    #4 pattern chart for the sew discs - nothing too exciting, all a variation of zig zag
    #5 all the feet - is the one in the middle a "hopping foot"? -called a button sewing foot in the manuel :-)
    #6 - little door where the cams go, and the built in pin cushion!

    can't wait to get the new belt and get her going!

    Cheers!
    Joann
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    Great machine!

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    The image of a woman lounging on the couch and smoking really cracked me up. Looks like a '50's sketch. I guess the machine does all the work so you have time to put your feet up? I've never seen funky design cams like those before. Have Fun!

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    This is too cool!! Can I come over and play? LOL
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    Nice Joann! Birdie is a pretty bird!! LOL

    The middle foot that you asked about...is it spring loaded? If so, I'd call it a hopping or darning foot....if not, then it's designed to hold the button down by it's edges so it can be sewn on with a zigzag stitch and length set at "0".
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    Birdie suits well!!! I think you are going to have a good time playing with that machine in days to come.
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    Sure! anytime!...I wonder if there are any more cams available for this machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda m View Post
    This is too cool!! Can I come over and play? LOL

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    I know - me too! LOL - reminds me of an old magazine I have with a pic of a woman lying on the floor hugging her new Hoover vacuum (that hubby bought her for Christmas) - that one just about kills me!


    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    The image of a woman lounging on the couch and smoking really cracked me up. Looks like a '50's sketch. I guess the machine does all the work so you have time to put your feet up? I've never seen funky design cams like those before. Have Fun!

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    well....I guess that is what the missing embroidery spring was for - it must have slipped over the foot to turn it into a darning foot - too bad, but I guess the spring got away somewhere. I have other darning feet that will work.

    ...I think she is a pretty good consolation prize after loosing the Capitol (which I have since realized was a Brother Super-streamliner) at the auction last Saturday :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Nice Joann! Birdie is a pretty bird!! LOL

    The middle foot that you asked about...is it spring loaded? If so, I'd call it a hopping or darning foot....if not, then it's designed to hold the button down by it's edges so it can be sewn on with a zigzag stitch and length set at "0".

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    Very nice score. Best of all she came with a manual.
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    Great score, enjoy.

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    Wow, that is a cool looking machine. Have fun with her.

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    Congrats on your new toy. Thanks for posting.

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    I am loving these badged machines, so many to choose from! Didn't realize there was so many, wish i could find a book just in them.
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    I know - they are so funky!....it's not a Rocketeer which is to my thinking the ultimate vintage machine but so fun to play with and they sew so fine!

    Joann

    Quote Originally Posted by ppquilter View Post
    I am loving these badged machines, so many to choose from! Didn't realize there was so many, wish i could find a book just in them.

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    Oh I just love the look of machines from this era. I think Birdie is a great name. Good score.
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    I see what looks like a screw-down seam guidance piece? I grew up sewing on an old Singer with one of those and I miss that feature on contemporary machines. I know there are tons of ways to do the same thing on new machines, but I always thought that method was so accurate. Love your new Birdie, she is a charmer!
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    Beautiful machine! Love the manual pics -- Ha-- lounging on the couch smoking while sewing?
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    I've never seen one like her! How fun. Enjoy!

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    Love the looks of that machine!

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    I was just studing the front of your machine and I see a level that goes from M------A. Can you tell me what me this for? I have an "American Beauty" badged machine that has a level on the top M-------B don't know what it does/what its for? Or show a copy of that page of manual. I don't have a manual for mine. Thank you
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    M-manual sewing
    A-automatic sewing

    ...manual being the usual sewing and zig zag sewing and automatic sewing when you are using one of the cams

    ...not sure what "B" means on your machine - does it have cams with it?




    Quote Originally Posted by ppquilter View Post
    I was just studing the front of your machine and I see a level that goes from M------A. Can you tell me what me this for? I have an "American Beauty" badged machine that has a level on the top M-------B don't know what it does/what its for? Or show a copy of that page of manual. I don't have a manual for mine. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    M-manual sewing
    A-automatic sewing

    ...manual being the usual sewing and zig zag sewing and automatic sewing when you are using one of the cams

    ...not sure what "B" means on your machine - does it have cams with it?
    On mine no cams and no place for cams. Mine is a deluxe zigzag, built in buttonholer though. So maybe manual----buttonholer?
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    That must be it - the buttonhole feature is somewhat automatic if it is built in so that would be what the "B" is for.

    ...have you tried out the buttonholer?

    ...and would love to see a pic of your machine!

    just found this page with a variety of "American Beauties"
    http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/americanbeauty.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by ppquilter View Post
    On mine no cams and no place for cams. Mine is a deluxe zigzag, built in buttonholer though. So maybe manual----buttonholer?
    Last edited by JMCDA; 02-15-2012 at 12:38 PM. Reason: add info

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by JMCDA View Post
    That must be it - the buttonhole feature is somewhat automatic if it is built in so that would be what the "B" is for.

    ...have you tried out the buttonholer?

    ...and would love to see a pic of your machine!

    just found this page with a variety of "American Beauties"
    http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/americanbeauty.htm
    Actually some pics of my machine are now on his site. i was in contact with him trying to find info on my machine.
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