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    Old 04-13-2011, 09:49 AM
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    Originally Posted by Barb44
    BoJangles, I did find the tutorials last night after posting. But this machine is so different that the dis-assembly tut doesn't help much. For example, the tension control is on top of the arm. It is a very simple machine. Luckily DH is very mechanical. Even though he thinks I am nuts, I can tell he's anxious to get it apart and clean it. As far as I know the only thing missing is the belt. There are two shuttles, but may be too rusty to use. One has a bobbin in it with blue thread.

    It has a coffin top that is in pieces - just needs glueing. But it is missing a carved piece on the front corner. May have to move one from the back and put a plain piece in the back.

    I did find a patent date on it of Nov. 1, 1881. I will keep doing research. The Smithsonian has a manual, but don't know if a print version is available.
    Well, if the Smithsonian has a manual, you should be able to print it. If the patent date is 1881, then you can bet your machine is an 1880's machine. Pretty cool! I'd let your DH at it, you really can't hurt those old machines, just make sure what you take off goes back on! That top tension is very simple to use and take apart -- and, that top tension looks really cool too! Even though your machine may not look like the Redeye Billy used in his tute, the cleaning all the gunk off and out of the machine is the same. Good Luck! Post pictures for us to see the progress!

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    Old 04-13-2011, 09:56 AM
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    I played with the 'new' Necchi (page 932) this morning. The tension was way off, but I got it. How do I oil it? It's very stiff and there are no oil ports and only one obvious screw to remove - it's on the faceplate. I'm a little puzzled. I need to lubricate the knee pedal, too. It's stiff, too, but I do like sewing with one.
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    Old 04-13-2011, 10:09 AM
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    Hope there is someone who can help me get some info on a Montgomery Ward machine. Don't know its age but it must be vintage for it is all black like other older machines. Do they have any value? The number on it is H4310293 Thank you, Mary
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    Old 04-13-2011, 10:27 AM
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    Originally Posted by jtapp9
    Originally Posted by Damienvon3
    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    What do the back clamping feet look like?

    That would be great!
    Here they are, I just took out of the box and took a few quick pictures. If you want better pictures let me know.

    Wow, those are really nice looking!
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    Old 04-13-2011, 11:01 AM
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    Irishrose,
    I have a Necchi BU Mira. On the top of the machine you'll find metal circles, those are you're oil ports. They are designed with ball bearings on springs to keep dust out. What you do to oil it is take something to slightly depress the center and put a couple drops of oil in each. Take the faceplate off and oil in there too. Anywhere else oil where metal moves against metal. Necchis are designed with such fine clearance that they bind up easily. Mine was totally frozen up when I got it.
    There is a Yahoo group Necchi sewing machine club that you can join which is only for Necchis made in Italy which I'm sure yours is because it has the older style logo on it. They have lots of files and manuals on the various models.
    On page 833 you'll see before and after pictures of my Necchi.
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    Originally Posted by irishrose
    I played with the 'new' Necchi (page 932) this morning. The tension was way off, but I got it. How do I oil it? It's very stiff and there are no oil ports and only one obvious screw to remove - it's on the faceplate. I'm a little puzzled. I need to lubricate the knee pedal, too. It's stiff, too, but I do like sewing with one.
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    Old 04-13-2011, 11:12 AM
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    Thank you, Ohio Star. I was sure those had something to do with oiling because of their placement, but was puzzled as to how to apply the oil. Oh, yes, she proudly says "Made in Italy' on the post. The BF would predate the BU, plus mine is not a zigzag machine. Do you know how old yours is? I am aware of the clearance isssue as my go to machine is an Elna SU made in Switzerland back when they were doing it right, too.

    When the Necchi sews as perfect as I know she will, I am going to sell the Singer 128. I don't need an overabundance of sewing machines.
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    Old 04-13-2011, 11:19 AM
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    last week when I was in a habitat restore, they had a treadle for $90. the cabinet was sadly in need of restoration as was the machine itself. :( Hopefully someone with room for it can give it the tlc that it needs.
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    Old 04-13-2011, 11:26 AM
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    The motor on mine has 11 53 which is November 1953 and my manual is dated 1953 so I'm quessing late 1953 early 1954. There are no charts that I know of to date the Necchis but on the Necchi sewing machine club members are asked to list thier machines and serial numbers and if they know when thiers where made. You might be able to go by that and get an estimate on when your's was made.
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    Originally Posted by irishrose
    Thank you, Ohio Star. I was sure those had something to do with oiling because of their placement, but was puzzled as to how to apply the oil. Oh, yes, she proudly says "Made in Italy' on the post. The BF would predate the BU, plus mine is not a zigzag machine. Do you know how old yours is? I am aware of the clearance isssue as my go to machine is an Elna SU made in Switzerland back when they were doing it right, too.

    When the Necchi sews as perfect as I know she will, I am going to sell the Singer 128. I don't need an overabundance of sewing machines.
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    She's kind of grimy and rough in person but I think she is gonna GoJo up pretty spiffy! Motor runs and needle moves. I'm excited to get home and put a piece of fabric under there :)

    $40
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    Originally Posted by Damienvon3
    Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    Originally Posted by Damienvon3

    You are lucky to have found the feet/accessories with yours, as they are very hard to come by. They have an unusual way of attachment--back clamping, but the top has a cross on it. I think I have two feet with mine; will probably never find any more to go with it. [/quote

    Oh, that is good news then. I will try to get pictures of the feet that I have if you want. Just let me know.
    That would be great!
    Here they are, I just took out of the box and took a few quick pictures. If you want better pictures let me know.
    OMGosh!!! Those are wonderful!! You are soooo lucky you have them.
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