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Thread: Warning: Not Vintage, but the Weird Machine has arrived.

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    Warning: Not Vintage, but the Weird Machine has arrived.

    Last year we were talking with AngieM2 over on the Homesteading Today Sewing and Quilting Forum about acquiring the weird sewing machine she had. Somehow our communication stalled and we didn't hook up again until recently.

    Well the machine arrived today. It's a Kenmore Sensor Sew One Hundred. Mdl # 340-1991180.
    It's computerized with scads of stitches and monograms. And if I read the numbers right an 8 mm wide ZZ stitch. That will be fun to mess with.

    Here is the machine:


    And here is our Inspector General, Pollyanna checking it out:


    We plugged it in and turned it on and the motor made a loud horrid growling, buzzing, almost shorting out noise and the machine barely moved. Angie had warned me there was something wrong with it, but I wasn't thinking motor.

    I pulled the bottom off of it and watched as it tried to run. Checked all the shafts and connections, they were good to go.
    Elaine and I also pulled all the inspection covers off the machine and checked everything we could. Nothing out of order to be found.

    It is the motor causing all the ruckus, but why is yet to be determined. My current theory is the armature is shorted out. As we were working with it the armature shaft got hot enough to burn my finger. That is not right at all.

    I wont' be able to work on it for a week or so, but I will try to find out what the specs are on the motor so I can check it good.



    Joe, Elaine

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    I forgot to add this machine is a 91 vintage and was made in Italy. Besides pattern and decorative stitches it also will to alpha and numeric monogramming.

    Joe

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    That is an interesting looking machine. Will look forward to updates on your progress.

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    I've seen these before and always thought they were really cool:>

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    Oh Joe, I so hope you can get it working. I had a computerized sewing/embroidery machine that I dearly loved (a BabyLock Esante.) It died on me and to have it fixed I would have to purchase a $400.00 computer board for it plus the labor to have it fixed. Didn't get it fixed, but did buy a used Bernina Deco 330, which I hate. Let's hope yours is an easy fix. Let us know how it goes.
    Kitsy

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    Candace,

    Do you know of any sources of parts for them?

    Kitsy,

    Will do.

    Joe

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    It is a Necchi Logica badged as a Kenmore Sensor sew. It was put out by Necchi - the real Necchi company. It is the first portable electronic sewing machine. I hope you get it running.

    Here is a threading Diagram. http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diag...g_Diagram.html

    The Designer: http://warymeyers.blogspot.com/2009/...ro-logica.html
    Last edited by Mitch's mom; 04-06-2013 at 05:16 AM.

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    Really cool machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Candace,

    Do you know of any sources of parts for them?

    Kitsy,

    Will do.

    Joe
    Nope, but I would contact the Necchi yahoo group and dig around the files and postings there.

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    If you can get it to work, looks like it would be a good quilting machine because the angle of the needle to housing is increased tremendously by the angle.

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    Necchi Logica, cool. Now I have another group to join. As if I don't already belong to enough.

    Well, that tells me it is at least a quality machine so I'm all the more interested in getting it going.

    Thanks for the information.

    Joe

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    Pollyanna is thinking, "what the heck and what are you going to do with this grumbly, growly thing?".
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    Pollyanna is thinking, "what the heck and what are you going to do with this grumbly, growly thing?".
    Probably going to make her a harness collar for when she travels with it. Eeeekkkk!!!!!!!!!!


    Joe

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    Can someone tell me which bobbin this machine takes? It had a Class 66 Plastic bobbin in it when it arrived. Since then I've tried Class 15 metal bobbins, they don't fit; Class 15 plastic bobbins, they fit in but are too tall; and the funny looking bobbins with a step down on the rim that Singer calls Class 15s. Those fit.

    But I'm curious what bobbins this thing is supposed to use.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    According to the catalog from my wholesale house the Necchi Logica use a bobbin #1975330-00.

    There are 2 auctions with them on eBay right now.

    Cathy

    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Can someone tell me which bobbin this machine takes? It had a Class 66 Plastic bobbin in it when it arrived. Since then I've tried Class 15 metal bobbins, they don't fit; Class 15 plastic bobbins, they fit in but are too tall; and the funny looking bobbins with a step down on the rim that Singer calls Class 15s. Those fit.

    But I'm curious what bobbins this thing is supposed to use.

    Joe
    Cathy

    "Most sewing machine problems are due to the carbon based unit in the chair in front of the machine"

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    Cathy,

    Thanks for that info. Wish you had posted a link to those auctions. I'm eBay search challenged.

    Joe

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    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    $12.00 for 5 bobbins! I'd make sure that bad boy works before I'd buy bobbins for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch's mom View Post
    $12.00 for 5 bobbins! I'd make sure that bad boy works before I'd buy bobbins for it!
    I would keep searching for bobbin price... LOL
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam,
    Thanks for the links.
    Now I know what I'm looking for. I will keep looking for the better price.

    Mitch's mom,
    Absolutely, that's my plan. I have some bobbins that will fit in it and we'll use them until it's up and running. Then I'll get some actual Necchi bobbins.

    Joe

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    I've never seen anything like this. Once you have her up and running you have to do us a stitch sampler. That is if your guard kitty lets you near her newly acquired machine

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    Stitchit123,

    That is my plan. With all the other machines it takes a to 1 9x11" felt pieces to do the sample stitches. With this one I'll bet it takes 2 to 3 pieces. It should be fun.

    And Pollyanna will cooperate I'm sure.

    Joe

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    I have this machine sitting in my upstairs closet. Got it out a few months ago to run it. It is still working but noticed the numbers on the digital panel are not showing up as they should. Bought mine new when they first came out and digital panel went out. Still under warrenty, had it replaced. It does growl and the fan runs all the time.
    Liz in TN

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    Sorry to hijack this thread, but I have a real early Necchi (BC) and I am looking for some bobbins. anyone know a source?

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    Liz,

    The digital panel is still available here: { http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...&prst=&shdMod= }

    Steve,
    I don't know where to get those Necchi BC bobbins. Maybe Candace or Mizkaki or ArcaicArcaine (?)

    Joe

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