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    Senior Member frudemoo's Avatar
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    Necchi Supernova

    Hi all

    I'm excited ...and nervous!! I've now officially said YES to a machine I cannot house. Have I finally made the ranks of a true addict?

    A little bit of background:

    I was perusing machine listings as I often do for relaxation and noticed there were a couple of Necchi Supernova's for sale, both quite inexpensive too. I was mostly drawn to the cabinet because I go ga-ga for anything that has a lot of drawers in it. Interestingly, both of the listed machines had the same cabinet, but Googling produced no other pics of the same one.

    I'm not sure of the vintage but it's 50's or 60's. The ad read, "over 50 years old. 1 owner." The asking price was $50. I got in touch with the lady to ask some questions. It was a typical ad with slightly blurry pics taken from too far away. After some back and forth, she ended up calling me and told me that it was her mother's machine from a deceased estate. When I said I was very sorry to hear about her mother, she said it had been nine months and it had not made it any easier. Having the machine there was only causing her further distress.

    She then proceeded to insist that if I wanted it, I should come and just take it. No charge. I was gobsmacked, of course. It was both a very generous and heartbreaking offer. I said I couldn't possibly take it for free, but was definitely happy to come and take it if that would help her. We have arranged pick up for tomorrow and agreed that I can bring her a gift as a token of thanks.

    It's funny, if the transaction had been purely "buy/sell" then I would have been more hard-headed; picky about the condition of the machine and more discerning about my need (or lack thereof) for yet another mid-century machine in a cabinet. I would like to think that I might have made a more sensible decision to decide not to buy this machine... But now, it's gone beyond a simple business transaction and become personal. The same way it became personal when I saw that Phoenix treadle peeling and rusting in the wet grass and just had to get it out of there!!

    So, I feel it is only right that my first project on the Necchi (once I get it working ) should be some sort of "supernova" superhero outfit so that the next time I zoom to the outer reaches of Melbourne to rescue an unwanted machine, I can do it in style. What do you think?

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    Yep, you have attained the official ranking of Sewing Machine Addict. Though perhaps the title should be Sewing Machine Rescuer. Can't wait until you post your picture of your Necchi and yourself in your Supernova superhero attire. BTW, one of these days a Supernova will find me.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Congrats! That is a nice acquisition. Would it help if you thought "vertical" for housing more machines. Please continue to rescue - future generations will be grateful. Please post pics once you pick it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    ...Having the machine there was only causing her further distress. She then proceeded to insist that if I wanted it, I should come and just take it. No charge. I was gobsmacked, of course. It was both a very generous and heartbreaking offer. I said I couldn't possibly take it for free, but was definitely happy to come and take it if that would help her. We have arranged pick up for tomorrow and agreed that I can bring her a gift as a token of thanks....
    Yeah, you not only are a confirmed collector/rescuer, but you are also a really good human....

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    The Supernova is a great machine. Quietest sewing machine out there. It needs lots of oil because the tolerances are so precise. Sometimes the needle position switch sticks, but undone with oil and patience. Check the belt and inspect for wear, the machines run them down. I have two, one of my favorite machines!!

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    I think it was wonderful of the daughter to offer you the machine at no charge. But I would 'pay it forward' a bit and make a donation for the requested amount to a charity in the mother's name. Perhaps the Project Linus program, or something else quilt oriented?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    I think it was wonderful of the daughter to offer you the machine at no charge. But I would 'pay it forward' a bit and make a donation for the requested amount to a charity in the mother's name. Perhaps the Project Linus program, or something else quilt oriented?
    That's a great idea.

    Unfortunately, it all happened rather quickly so I didn't get a lot of time to think it through. I ended up getting her gifts to the value of what she was originally asking because I just wanted to cheer her up. ...I think it definitely did! We had a lovely meeting and now it's down to business to see if I can get the machine working.

    Issues noted so far: Mangled power cord.
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    A couple of frozen dials. The crustiest bobbin case I think I've ever seen!! The whole machine has got that real 'frozen in time' vibe about it.

    Coolest features upon first inspection: AMAZING accessories box with a built-in cam stacking/stitch guide in the lid... You turn the wheel at the front and it tells you how to set up the machine for that stitch. It's also double sided so you can use it from the inside of the lid as well.Click image for larger version. 

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    The accessories box is really awesome. This is what's under the magic lid. The top tray swings out to reveal the bottom tray and there's all these very precise compartments for everything.
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    I also really like the tension assembly - I think it looks cool. The Supernovas have this great subtle curve if you look at them from the side. It's so subtle you really need to walk around the machine to fully appreciate it, but it's part of it's sexy Italian swag
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    I had to keep the table and machine separate because of storage issues, but here are the pics of the table from the original listing:
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ID:	411471 The cabinet is in bad shape, but I love all the drawers!
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    Oh, lucky you! I have a Super Nova and am just starting to use it after taking it apart and cleaning concrete dust out of it (don't ask!). I wanted that cool table but just didn't have room for it. Everyone I know who has a Super Nova loves it. Even at $50 or the equivalent and even though it needs a lot, you did good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    So, I feel it is only right that my first project on the Necchi (once I get it working ) should be some sort of "supernova" superhero outfit so that the next time I zoom to the outer reaches of Melbourne to rescue an unwanted machine, I can do it in style. What do you think?
    i laughed so hard when I read this! You did a really good thing frudemoo! We have a Necchi and they sew Wonderfully. Your cabinet is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble View Post
    i laughed so hard when I read this! You did a really good thing frudemoo! We have a Necchi and they sew Wonderfully. Your cabinet is awesome!
    Thanks Lara - I laughed when I read your signature. I'm very lucky to have the sort of husband who doesn't notice if there's a different sewing machine head on the kitchen table... or if I'm wearing shoes I've never worn before

    What kind of Necchi do you have?

    BTW - I love the cake in your avatar. Did you make it?? I love cake decorating as well

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    So glad for you! I hope knowing this machine has a good home helps the daughter. I just bought a Necchi nova yesterday & I'm so excited!! Got it for $20.00 at a yard sale! It had been cleaned & adjusted by someone in the business. ( I know several who have taken machines to this man & are quite happy with his work ). It sews like a dream & I love it!!! Enjoy your new machine!!!! We can never have too many!

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    Amelia,

    Those are really nice pictures. Great machine, you will love sewing on it.

    If that bobbin case has left over corrosion, replace it with a class 15 bobbin case.

    Cool, looks like you got the buttonhole cam, that's the one that has a silver colored lever attached to a cam.

    Cathy
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    Becky,

    OH I don't know about that, but I am at capacity. VBG

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by G-maBecky View Post
    We can never have too many!
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Amelia,

    Those are really nice pictures. Great machine, you will love sewing on it.

    If that bobbin case has left over corrosion, replace it with a class 15 bobbin case.

    Cool, looks like you got the buttonhole cam, that's the one that has a silver colored lever attached to a cam.

    Cathy
    Oh cool Cathy, thanks! I wondered what that lever was for - haven't been through the manual yet unfortunately. My little ones are quite a handful at the moment.

    I posted some pics on the sewing machine shop board of the miraculous clean up of the bobbin case... Well, at least I thought it was miraculous but I guess 'those in the know' have probably known about these fabulous cleaning products forever! Thanks heaps for the replacement tip though, I'll make a note of it.

    ...BTW, how many = "at capacity"?

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    You might be sorry for asking that question. I really don't know since the number changes constantly. This morning there are 56 machines in the house that are my collection (yes, I did count them). There are 4 machine in the dining room that I need to work on that belong to others. The garage/ workshop has about 15 more machine that I consider to be part of my collection and will come inside eventually. The workshop has another 50-ish machines that I plan on finishing up and selling or that are parts machines. Then there are the attachments, iron and other misc. that I have collected. Yes, it is out of control, but I love my addiction.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    ...BTW, how many = "at capacity"?
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Well... almost exactly 7 months since my original post, I have sewn the first stitches with this machine (I almost called it a "poor machine" as I considered exactly what kind of abuse it had been subjected to.... but WOW!!! What an incredible resurrection.

    I worked through more than an entire box of 500 Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol to remove the toffee-like goo from absolutely everywhere. Everything was seized up. Lots of weird patches of dark red gungy stuff that I couldn't decide was rust or not! My poor dad.... I took it to him to check for electrical safety and he's had to do some head-scratching and fixing of wiring, running the beautiful new black and white cloth covered power cord for me . Then today we revisited all of that area with the quest of removing the motor for cleaning. It was absolutely full of black sooty stuff but the brushes seemed to be fine. We flushed the whole thing out and then re-lubed. It seems to be happy enough and no more black powdery residue flying about.

    So many hours of work have gone into this thing. I was so completely nervous when I finally got it all back together with cover plates on and a needle in place. It seemed utterly surreal to be following the threading diagram in the manual, thinking "Am I really going to plug this thing in and try and sew with it??"

    Behold!! The most beautiful machine ever made. I swear I can actually believe this is true now that I've tried it. I can only imagine what a truly sparklingly clean and professionally serviced Necchi would run like - this one is amazing enough I am thrilled to bits and super proud of myself for sticking with it and truly saving this machine from the dump. There were more than a couple of times that I thought it probably wasn't going to be worth it, so that makes it even more sweet.

    There are still a couple of stuck bits: the button that drops the feed dogs and the stop motion knob is seized, even after heat and WD-40 (and a good rest). Absolutely EVERYTHING in this machine required heat to get it freed up, so I know I will get there eventually and (best of all) that it's actually worth the effort!! Pics to come soon... it's very late here and I should be in bed

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    Fantastic report Amelia. One of these days I will be able to find a Supernova to add to the herd/hoard.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Amelia;

    Great rescue and fabulous machine. I have a Necchi BU and another Necchi from my SIL that is green but cannot remember the model.
    I meant to behave......but there were too many other options

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    Awesome!

    I have an Automatic Supernova that I picked up at a thrift store that I have been working on trying to free up the feed dog mechanism. I finally got it moving, and just need to saturate the mechanism with Tri-Flow.
    Mark

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    A very touching story. I am sure the daughter received comfort and a bit of much needed relief and joy seeing that machine go to someone who truly appreciates it. It is a beauty and I'm so glad you love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frudemoo View Post
    ...............

    BTW - I love the cake in your avatar. Did you make it?? I love cake decorating as well

    Hey, Frudemoo, we have so much in common - I love -eating- cake!!!

    :-)

    Hooray for your machine. You know, I think FREE was a good price; not because you get a free machine, but because honestly, to that lady, the machine is priceless, in both directions... and to have sold her dear momma's precious machine for $50 would have been insulting to the universe. However, to hand it on to loving home, -that's- special.

    So you gave her nice gifts, yay! Maybe you might sew her something small at Christmas - tea towel, mittens, whatever. Something nice, on her Momma's machine. That will mean the world over, far more than any other form of munney, as she navigates her way through grief. Already nine months, she said - that means her Momma died just after x-mas/New Years Last year.

    I owe a lady something sewn on -her- Momma's stitcher*, which I got from her estate sale. When she told me it had been her Momma's, is the first thing I said, like you, was "Sorry about your Mommy." She was so touched, she ended up giving me all sorts of funky vintage fabric and loot! (In the end, it smelled so badly of mothballs, I gave it away. The fabric, not the stitcher.)

    Honestly, people selling their own Momma's stitchers are not really out to make a buck.

    I am happy for you, and happy for your lovely Necchi.

    -C.

    *Dang. That means I hafta stop tinkering, and start SEWING. Grumblety mumble.
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    Clean and functional. I love the red light and the new cloth covered power cord in black and white.
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    The first row of zig zag stitches here shows the function of moving the stitch length lever while sewing! Cool

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    It's a hell of a tension assembly!!

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    Great work Amelia. It is good to see your progress since May.
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