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Thread: Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and Straight Sew Sewing Machines

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    Can anyone please offer any information on this incredible machine? It's my Mom's and she's had it since the early 1970s. The tag says Kingston by Brother. I can't find a model number on it anywhere. Any help is appreciated, thanks!Name:  IMG_0839.JPG
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    What kind of info are you looking for? Pretty much it's what you see is what you get. Straight stitch machine built by Brother, uses 15 class bobbins and 15x1 needles available everywhere(though I only use vintage metal bobbins as new ones aren't any good). The belt looks a little tight. Sewing machine belts shouldn't be tight. Should be a good machine.

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    I posted a reply on the clone thread. It also takes a class 15 bobbin and bobbin case.
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    New here. Thanks to the admins for helping with registration. Just purchased a Remington Zig Zag 100 Plus De Luxe at a local sale for a mere $20. I wanted this one because it is heavy enough to sew patches and other heavy materials. Tested it on a piece of scrap before making the deal. Missing the bobbin and holder but it seems to be the same as my wife's Singer. Still need to figure out how to thread but everything else seems ok. Any idea where I might find a book? Not sure how to include a picture yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
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    Your machine looks exactly like the Remington I just got. Do you have a manual or can you at least send me instructions on how to thread?
    Having trouble finding any information on this one.

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    The best way to find a manual for a Japanese machine is to go to the manual sites (Tias, sewing parts online, do a search) and look at the drawings until you find one that looks like your machine. Those Japanese machines were often sold under many different names, so the manual could say anything on the cover. One of my machines was sold under at least 6 different names. My machine is badged as a "Lenco". The manual says Sewmor 711 automatic zigzag. It's the same machine, though.

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    Thanks. That's more or less what I've been doing for the past couple of days. Just haven't found anything real close to it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ritalz View Post
    Thanks. That's more or less what I've been doing for the past couple of days. Just haven't found anything real close to it yet.
    I think you will find your machine as "Deluxe Zig Zag #26" at http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine...g_Machines.htm I couldn't find the threading diagrams for that exact machine, but I would guess that it would be similar to http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diag...ng_diagram.htm Some of the bobbin threading diagrams are not that clear, but I usually have threaded the class 15 bobbins so thread is winding the same direction as the slot is pointing and then bring it back 180 degrees through the slot and under the spring. I have never ordered anything from there, but it sure is a good resource for threading diagrams and looking at images of a variety of machines.

    As for posting pictures, there are good instructions with images and arrows at post #5 of https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...e-t230442.html You will probably need to resize your image. I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager on my Windows 8.1 laptop. One of the options to "Edit Pictures" is Resize. I had been resizing by percentage and then found that there is a "predefined size" drop down list that gives a variety of options. I found that "Web Large" is a good size to post here. Then "Save As" with a different name. Then do not save "original changes" (option when close program) so still have original size.

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    Thank you for the info. That is a very good image of my machine. The threading is right on. As for the pictures, pretty sure you are correct about resizing. Looked at the properties of the files and they are way too big for most discussion boards. I'll get on resizing one of them later today and get it posted. I did get it to do some test stitching last night and am impressed with the ease of operation. Thanks again for your help.

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    Ok, got the picture loaded by resizing it.

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