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

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    OMG! All those machine together have me drooling. Here is my Viscount a friend gave me. As you can see, she's missing the needle plate that opens to the front, was probably hinged. What I need is to find a common name brand that has the same plate so that Jennie at Sew-Classic can find it for me.

    It measures 3 1/4 inch wide and had the screws evenly spaced on each side, not offset. It measures 5 inches from front to back. Strange, it has a screw hole on the machine behind the needle where something went. Caroline S has a Brother 280 that looks similiar. The 1977 Kenmore 158.13571, jlm5419. the Stitchmaster, grant 15clone.

    Why am I obsessed with returning her to working condition? Uh, do I really need to explain that to this group?
    I may have the missing plate on a White someone left me... I'll have to measure it.
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    Well, come to think of it I do have a picture of that plate I have.
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    Pink Coronado

    I'm not sure if this is a 'badged' machine or where it was made. There are no indications anywhere on it. It is a Coronado Model M-93Z, Precision Built Automatic, Super Deluxe. It was inside a treadle cabinet I wanted and thought the machine was a bit different. The lady said it didn't work, but I took it anyway. When we plugged it in the motor smoked so it was unplugged immediately. I've cleaned the machine and oiled it; removed the motor for repair or replacement, but the machine seems to be in very good shape and everything moves smoothly. Picture is a bit fuzzy, sorry.

    It really is pink with a brown top, not orange as in the picture.
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    Nice looking machine. There may be some markings underneath the bed as to the maker, though it was likely made in Japan.
    Mark

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    Very likely made in Japan - I have seen others with that name but they didn't look the same. They must have had some really fun times painting those Japanese machines. Don't you just love the paint???
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    It definitely is a Japanese clone. Under the motor mount in tiny little letters it says "made in Japan"
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    I just bought a Dressmaker sewing machine at a garage sale today that is like the one on page 10 of this thread, owned by grant 15 clone. It doesn't look like it has been used for $15.00. The book looks like new and the there is a complete box of cams and tools. I cannot find any information about the mfg or possible year. The motor has YM40 serial # 1692 then a silver plate beside that number that I can't read. Can anyone help.
    jothesewer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jothesewer View Post
    I just bought a Dressmaker sewing machine at a garage sale today that is like the one on page 10 of this thread, owned by grant 15 clone. It doesn't look like it has been used for $15.00. The book looks like new and the there is a complete box of cams and tools. I cannot find any information about the mfg or possible year. The motor has YM40 serial # 1692 then a silver plate beside that number that I can't read. Can anyone help.
    jothesewer
    I couldn't find any information on that one either.
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    I have a manual for that Dressmaker. I do not know how to make an electronic copy. Photo copy is doable - quite a few pages.
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    I just bought a Dressmaker Centennial Series at an estate sale. All she needed was a little oil, now she sews like a charm. She is in mint condition.

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    Great pictures, thanks for showing your collection.
    Just passing through!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NL quilter View Post
    Is there something besides borax I can use? I am in Canada and cannot find it in the stores.
    NL Quilter, borax can be found in Superstore/Loblaws, etc. The brand is Mule Team, it is in a green box, and is usually in the cleaning section. Good luck! Maybe you will not see this though, as your message was posted a few months ago...?

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    It is always good to test and see if a product will clean way too much before you go wild. Oxi clean will work, too on some machines.
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    Love most of all the pink FabriMate shown on page 1 of this thread.

    This board is my daily coffee sipping internet stroll. Such a lovely decompress/escape from Real World :-)

    I only began sewing --er, collecting machines-- a few months ago. When I first started, I had gotten an old Bernina 530, and someone on the internet said "Cool - Show me a photo!" I thought (at the time!) that was weird. I mean, they all look the same, right, if you know which model number it is? I didn't grasp why she would want to see a photo.

    Then my disease (MachinusMustusRescuitus) came into full bloom and I fully, FULLY understand the thrill in seeing photos of machines.

    Kinda crazy.
    Kinda soothing.
    Kinda giggle-making, especially Miriam's and GirlieGirlieSquirrelyShirley's amazing habits/collections.

    Coffee almost gone. Wasted my time typing - could have been ogling...

    -Cecilia

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    Looks like I should post mine here...
    Very fond of the Universal for its tail fins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Schiller View Post
    Looks like I should post mine here...
    Very fond of the Universal for its tail fins!
    Love the tail fins on the Universal, reminds me of the http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Amp...UTF-8&fr=moz35

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    I just finished up a Montgomery Wards badged machine made by Happy. I went for a walk on a nice Saturday when my car was on the fritz and found this at a garage sale three blocks from my house. I had to carry it the three blocks home. It cleaned up really nice and is sewing great now too. I just love the color and all of the chrome on it.
    ~G~

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant15clone View Post
    I just finished up a Montgomery Wards badged machine made by Happy. I went for a walk on a nice Saturday when my car was on the fritz and found this at a garage sale three blocks from my house. I had to carry it the three blocks home. It cleaned up really nice and is sewing great now too. I just love the color and all of the chrome on it.
    ~G~

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    Very nice!
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    Great find Grant!

    Sweet Caroline

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    Nice work, Grant! I love browsing your machines. so shiny

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    Thank you Caroline and Living4him. Living4him, are you or have you looked at my FB page photos?
    ~G~

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    Beautiful!

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    Yes I have I've "liked" your page too!

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    Grant I have liked your Facebook page too, love to see your posts.
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

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    I fiddled with an Electro Grand Japanese badged with cams (cams missing) Some of it is not intuitive. There is a zig zag dial on the front either doesn't work right or I am missing something. I'm sure someone here will know. The machine was not turning. I started oiling and came to the nose area - there was thread wrapped around the some of the moving parts or not so moving parts. I got the thread and a ton of lint out and the machine turns nice. Then it was missing the bobbin case and the needle clamp so I dug through parts and fixed that. I set the tensions and the machine stitches a nice stitch. I also had to free up the feed dog drop & buttons. Now I need to figure out how the cams and zz work. What is B - A - M ??? it has to do with the cams but nothing stands out at me on this machine. The zz dial side levers seem to be a bit gooey inside, too. There is a cam in there but the stitch did not resemble the cam at all. The cam is seated as far as that goes.
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