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

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    Cool Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and Straight Sew Sewing Machines

    Vintage Japanese 'Badged' Zig Zag and straight sew sewing machines. The thread will be for pictures and info for all heavy metal Japanese made machines that are not Singer Model 15 clones. Get your pics and post 'em!!! I betcha we will all learn a LOT from this. They will have different names and different features - yet similarities... well yeah they are sewing machines now aren't they...

    OH and I will start something for Vintage Japanese 'Badged' sewing machine with fancy stitches.

    Links for Japanese 15 check there first if you are in doubt: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...p-t164361.html and I just made one about the under sides of the Japanese machines: http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...e-t207416.html
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    A really cool Fabri-mate - 1.5 amp motor - sweet zz and straight stitches!
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    The Fabri-mate has a dedicated left hand needle. When you straight stitch the needle is on the left. It is a good solid machine - very quiet - well made.
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    I have a Good Houskeeper Zig Zag with needle settings LRC. This one has a good motor, good solid machine - well built. I really like the big stitches it makes.
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    Some were made for Kenmore. This is like one my Grandma got one summer - must have cost about $39 new.
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    New Home - very basic - this one is in bad shape and will be for parts
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    Montgomery Ward - very simple well made machine - JC Penny and other department stores had their own 'badged' machine as well.
    Picture heavy here - I'll post more in a while.
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    New Home is another sewing machine badge I have seen a lot. This machine looks like it might be ok but inside is a mess.
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    I have also seen some just zz White machines - this one has some plastic parts - the top and nose plate - both have no way to stay on the machine
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    I like what it says:
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    This machine is very cool - but it only does straight and zz
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    Oh I had the wrong picture - this is also on the White sewing machine
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    And another fancy machine that just does ZZ
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    I think that gold one is a Good Housekeeper
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    I think these are very fun to look at. I hope you enjoy and I hope you post yours on here, too. Any information is always fun and helpful.
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    the elusive Montgomery Ward ZZer
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    Vogue Stitch
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    OK, Here are some of my SS/ZZ Japanese badged machines:

    Dial 'n Sew:

    This is our first official rescue. My wife found it on the curb, the case all busted to pieces. I fixed that, put in a bobbin case, threaded it up and it sewed. It's a dedicated left needle straight stitch and I have an off set straight stitch foot for it.
    It's marked J-A 18 and the chart from the Yahoo Japanese machine group says that is Riccar.

    Kenmore, Model 158-13570

    This is one of the best general use SS/ZZ machines we have. We have more attachments for it alone than just about any other machine.
    It's made by Maruzen/Jaguar.

    Domestic, Model 5135

    (Sorry about the lousy pic) The need rag has been removed and the machine has cleaned up right nice.

    Aldens, Magic Zig Zag

    I have a full compliment of accessories, and feet as well as the owners manual with this one.
    It's marked SANSHIN on the underside of the bed. No J-A numbers anywhere.

    American Home, Deluxe Electric

    This machine came with only a piping foot on it. It's a SS only machine.

    Now come on QB members, dig your pics out and post 'em. We don't want Miriam to feel lonely do we?

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    This machine is one my boss owns - it is only straight stitch - very nice machine and willing to sew anything - he loves to sew costumes for plays.
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    Sewmor machines make a very nice straight stitch and come in a variety of styles
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    Another Sewmor in a different style
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    Those Sewmor machines are not 15 clones because of the tension on the front they are straight stitch only. The gray one has a drop in bobbin like a Singer 66 - the blue one is like a clone except for the tension on the front

    When I got the gray machine it was totally brown. I keep cleaning more stuff off it all the time - I think it wants to be petted or something. It turns so well - nice machine.
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    I'm not sure how to count this straight stitching Singer 293 - I'm betting it was made in Japan - the blue Sewmor is very much like this machine - but the 293 threads from right to left like a Featherweight.
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    Brother Model 280

    Brother Model 280, JA-1, serial number BZ 352024. Motor is made by Quality Sewing Machine Co., 115 volts/105 Watts.

    I found this machine mounted in a White Family Rotary cabinet ($18 at Goodwill). What I really wanted was the cabinet LOL. The pics are of the machine before I cleaned it. I have never found one as dirty and dusty as this one. She must have had a rough life as she has a lot of nick, dings and wear on the bed and pillar. I have ordered a manual for it and had to visit my OSMG to get a ZZ stitch plate as the one she had must have been hit by a zillion needles. After a lot of elbow grease and Triflow oil she purrs like a kitten. Today I will be experimenting with her ZZ capabilities and will post after cleaning pics.
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    It amazes me what a beating those old machines will take and then come out running like a champ - you can not say as much for the plastic wonders of the age of GREEN... LOL
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    Methinks gonna learn something new. A lot of new. Only one I thinks I gots is a silver kenmore. Weighs a ton and purs like a kitten when it is sewing along. No wait, there is a New home and I think my favorite one is a Janome, badged, not sure. Still have not figured out how to post pics though. Might try to for this. Thanks Miriam.
    My stash keeps me in stitches!

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