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    Riccar Super Stretch - any good?

    I'm trying to narrow down the exact model, but I'm not sure the guy even knows. It's not too far from where I live.
    http://cnj.craigslist.org/hsh/5383515664.html

    <edit>The owner just confirmed it's a 510</edit>
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    Some Riccars were good machines. I would like this old Riccar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZK0Dt9cpUY
    for example or a Riccar 528 automatic in good state for below $60. Don't like the design of this Riccar 510 and I don't know it. But if you like it or the cabinet then the situation is different and you can sew your gear with almost any machine.

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    All my knowledge as far as Riccar is concerned comes from this website:
    https://translate.google.com/transla...%2F&edit-text=

    There are not all machines listed. If I don't know a machine I usually try to find out whether there are still spareparts availabe. If I find some than I know a bit more.

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    Thanks for the response. I've been searching and though I'm finding lots of manuals, not so much in the way of parts. There is very little info out there about this machine, which probably indicates that it's best to pass on it.

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    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...chine&_sacat=0

    If a newer Riccar machine build during 1970-1978 or so (thereafter Riccar went bankrupt) uses this
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Riccar-Sewin...MAAOxyF19SHNN9
    drive gear then that's imo no bad sign. It's known to be very durable with good care and it provides special Riccar running smoothness. It is also still available and not expensive.

    I believe Riccar didn't use other plastic drive gears. Other ones are all iron. Therefore you can be almost sure that you make not much wrong if you buy a Riccar machine. However, I personally like the very old vintage machines more. They are fancy, easy to repair and you don't need any spare parts.

    The Riccar 515 Super Stretch on Ebay for $40 has similarities with my Phoenix 2520. I believe that the Riccar 515 is all iron inside. If you compare the capabilities with a new Toyota FSG325 (Riccar was located in Taiwan and also Toyota is located there) for example, than you will find almost no difference (also inside will be a lot of similarities), but the machine for $40 is a much better deal, is easy to repair too and uses no plastic gears.

    My Phoenix 2520 has also similarities with a White 1418. The White was build by Toyota in Taiwan and not by Singer. Most likely Toyota hired a lot of Riccar engineers when Riccar went bankrupt .... and so the circle is almost complete. ... almost because there is another interesting relationship between Adler (now Dürkopp-Adler, the last German sewing machine manufacturer) and Riccar.

    Google with "Adler-Riccar". You will find a lot of fancy sewing machines and get an impression where the Riccar technology comes from.
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    I did find these, but it's pretty much just feet and pedal: http://sewingparts.co.uk/machines/riccar-510.html
    http://www.sew4less.com/sitemap_prod...59&ModelID=772

    I'm going to look at it today since it's not far away, but I'm not really feeling too confident about it at this point. Maybe the guy is just anxious to get it out of the house and will "give" it away for cheap.

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    Looked at it and took a pass. Seems to be a well built very sturdy machine that'll probably last an eternity. I want something that will easily go through at least 4 layers of webbing. I didn't have any webbing so I substituted flannel folded over a bunch of times. The motor choked on it. Well, in all fairness, the material was taller than the foot clearance so I suspect that much soft material just bound up the feed dogs. Not really a fair test. Oh well.

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    As a sewing newbie I learnt a lot from this guy ("lotathings" - it's a US sewing machine dealer and he has also a website)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWIL4LUbxA
    Watch all his videos about the Toyota FSG325 (if you buy a Riccar machine).

    I'm pretty sure that a Riccar 515 and perhaps also a Riccar 510 can the same than a Toyota FSG325 and this is impressive:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84y80YKTVnA

    As far as Riccar presser feets are concered I think that all Riccar maschines (like most of the Toyota machines) use standard low-shank presser feet. In this regard there is no need for you to look for Riccar accessories. You get standard low-shank presser feet much cheaper on Ebay.

    Buy only Schmetz needles 130/705 (#14 and #16 Universal and #12 and #14 Microtex is all you really need). Use a #14 needle for all your rip-stop nylon projects and perhaps a #12 or a #14 Microtex needle for silnylon and your down quilts. For webbing you can use a #16 Universal needle. Buy only Gütermann Thread. I like now Tera 80 or Mara 70 most.
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