Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main > For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches >

Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches

Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches

Old 12-08-2012, 06:43 AM
  #21  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092
Default

It should have been against the law to make cams without ID on them.
J Miller is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 02:15 PM
  #22  
Power Poster
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

I'm wondering why we aren't putting more of these fancy stitch machines. It is kind of funny that some of the zig zag machines look so complicated. Do you think it is because the companies thought they could get more money for them?
miriam is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 02:54 PM
  #23  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092
Default

Some of them are complicated. You need to adjust three or four different controls to get certain stitch patterns. Others are so simple it's funny.

And I'll bet you they did charge more for the fancy ones like my Alden and the Morse Photomatic series than they did the plane ones.

Joe
J Miller is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 03:18 PM
  #24  
Power Poster
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

The insides are different from one machine to another - some have metal camstacks with gears and some are more simple and some do have plastic cam stacks. Some just use cams with readers. I can remember the sewing machine guys warning people not to buy Japanese machines. I don't know if they were prejudiced because of the war or if the machines weren't as good as the others. Then in the 1970s they were saying only the European machines were any good. From what I have seen - I would prefer an old European machine than some of the Japanese I have looked at. But we are talking big bucks differences in some cases. For just straight sew or zig zag the Japanese machines are just fine and do an adequate job. For the fancy stitches I can see why you would go with European. I am not at all impressed with the newer plastic and stamped metal machines. I think they are not built to last any length of time and don't do any improved job of sewing. If you figure 95% of the time you are sewing straight stitches it isn't all that important to have the fancy stitches. I've had people lately buy a machine because it just does straight stitch and it is cheaper to get one than to take an electronic machine in to be cleaned. They can clean the vintage machines themselves.
miriam is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 05:11 PM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 394
Default

I think my 158.523 belongs here instead of on the other thread. Check out this groovy set of attachments for it thoughcams.jpg
quiltingweb is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 06:06 PM
  #26  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 8,092
Default

OK, I'm jealous. The cams we got for our 158-523 are grey and our accessories are just plane Greist in the regular box. You got purty red ones ............

Joe
J Miller is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 06:36 PM
  #27  
Power Poster
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 15,510
Default

Quiltingweb, I have a set of those attachments - everything is color coded. I think I even have a manual. I've never been quite sure which machine it goes with. The disks I have are different.
miriam is offline  
Old 12-08-2012, 09:17 PM
  #28  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Cadillac, MI
Posts: 6,487
Default

My Universal sews a pretty seam, but she's one of the dedicated left needle machines. She is in a basic cabinet though it's in excellent shape. I had to buy this one because it reminded me of my mother's White from the 50s.
universal.jpg
irishrose is offline  
Old 12-09-2012, 11:36 AM
  #29  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 394
Default

Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
OK, I'm jealous. The cams we got for our 158-523 are grey and our accessories are just plane Greist in the regular box. You got purty red ones ............

Joe
They are kinda cool, aren't they. Two sided. I got the machine for $15.... what I really wanted was the box of accessories. And an extra bobbin holder. I didn't realize until I got it home that it was a great machine. I looked at one of the Blue Montgomery Ward machines, but I talked myself out of it. I could kick myself now. It had all the cams and attachments for it. I guess I can't save them all...
quiltingweb is offline  
Old 12-09-2012, 01:02 PM
  #30  
Junior Member
 
makitmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Tidewater, VA
Posts: 264
Default back at the computer!

I was excited to see this thread when I got back. I am a Morse fan, and have three right now. The Fotomatic IV(resembling a cross between a 57 chevy and a delco radio) is great to sew with. I also have a Fotomatic III(waiting for restoration), and a Morse pale mint ZZ machine.
Attached Thumbnails img_1602.jpg  
makitmama is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
miriam
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
504
08-17-2020 04:02 AM
Annie Lynn
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
2
07-03-2017 04:02 AM
TheMountainsAreCalling
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
9
09-11-2015 07:02 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.