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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ritalz View Post
    Thank you for the info. ......I did get it to do some test stitching last night and am impressed with the ease of operation. Thanks again for your help.
    Congratulations. That is a nice looking machine. Glad I could help.

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    I do have one more question if anyone happens to know. What is the age of this machine? It's not overly important, just curious.

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    Unless someone has documentation on a machine just like it the best we can say is mid to late 1950s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Just got this beauty yesterday and would like any info anyone can provide about it. Like what year it was made or anything like that. The model number is #752, Serial #3045. On the bottom it has J-C5 stamped into it. Other than these id's there is no other marking on it.
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    Hi, I found this photo while looking for info on my own sewing machine. It looks nearly identical and is also stamped with J-C5, but is model #750. My mother gave it to me. It had been a graduation gift from her grandmother. She believes was purchased in 1972. Have you found any more information about your machine?

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    No, nothing new. Been busy with other projects and of course turkey day. There seems to be many versions of this machine.

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    I'm back with another question. Was trying to do a little work with this machine and ran into a question. The needle is to the left of the center on the foot. It sews ok but I find it hard to concentrate on my line and the work tends to wander. You can see in the picture where the needle is not centered. The only way I can seem to center is by adjusting the zig zag but then I don't get a straight stitch. The only other thing I can think is perhaps the wrong foot is mounted (I only have the one). Still learning about this machine and being a novice at sewing does not help. Thanks
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    Nope your machine is fine and has the right foot. You have what's called a left-homing or left needle machine. Straight stitch is done in left needle position. Great for garment sewing, not so much for quilt piecing.

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    Thanks Cari. I've never noticed a left homing machine before. So much to learn, so little time.

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    I did my own modification today to center the foot. Removed the two tiny screws on the foot and replaced them with a pin and offset the foot slightly to the left. then I opened the hole a little to the right with a small grinder in case I still want to use the zig zag. End result is I am very slightly to the right of center but that is ok with me. Gives me a much better view while straight line sewing.

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