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    Thank You for the heads up on where to get replacements parts
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    Mine was a gift from my grandma: a Montgomery Ward "Portable" (according to grandma). It feels about as portable as a yacht anchor (assumption here...I have never been within sight of a yacht). It is VERY heavy. Machine states it is made in Japan on the back.

    Am I right in thinking that the door in the top is for design cams? And does anybody know why it has two thread holders on the back? I would love to have a manual for it, but would rather figure it out than pay for one.

    If anybody has any information about this machine I would be grateful. I love it.
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    Japan built is, as a general rule, a good machine. The two spool pins are for running two spools on a double needle set up; most zig-zags have this option. No idea on where to get cams for this machine though. If you can find a maker's mark, model or serial number that will help find more information.
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    Kenmore 1750

    My new freebie from Craigslist...and as soon as I got it I thought "I can't wait to post this on HF!" I don't know anybody else who could appreciate this. Even my wife called it a piece of junk. It is in great condition and came with all the cool things in the pics. I especially like the color coded feet and the flower attachment.

    I think it weighs about 40 lbs. It is difficult to tell from the pics but it is mint green. I believe it was made in 1968.

    If anybody knowa anything about these machines I would love some info. I enjoy the history behind them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBLOCK View Post
    Here's a video of my new toy - an old Necchi BU Nova.

    I saw pics of a beautiful machine within this very thread and started looking immediately. Stumbled on this beauty actually with a friend who was thinking to give a machine to her young daughter for Christmas. I immediately offered to trade her my 12 stitch Kenmore as she needs light weight and 12 stitches more than me...
    Looking good and sounds like she's running nice and smooth! If yours came with a working light bulb, could you check to see what the model number of the bulb is? Mine was missing when I bought the unit and I don't want to just start sticking random bulbs in there

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    That's absolutely an awesome free find you got there!
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    The Kenmore 1750 is from the era of all metal geared machines and is supposed to be a good one. Nice find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowl-maker View Post
    Mine was a gift from my grandma: a Montgomery Ward "Portable" (according to grandma). It feels about as portable as a yacht anchor (assumption here...I have never been within sight of a yacht). It is VERY heavy. Machine states it is made in Japan on the back.

    Am I right in thinking that the door in the top is for design cams? And does anybody know why it has two thread holders on the back? I would love to have a manual for it, but would rather figure it out than pay for one.

    If anybody has any information about this machine I would be grateful. I love it.
    Yes, the 'door' on top is for embroidery cams.

    The machine looks suspiciously like the Sears machine posted a couple of posts down from your original pics. I wouldn't be too surpised if they were both made in the same factory and just had different names slapped on them, kinda like the Astro/Safari mini-van production line..

    I have no specific information on this particular machine..sorry!

    As for a manual, a lot of the manuals are now available as pdf files on line, try googling your machine model.

    I know that reading a manual doesn't sound half as much fun as figuring it out yourself but these 'thread injectors' are finely tuned pieces of equipment and will last at least your lifetime if y'all don't go messing with it...
    Besides, there's quite a bit of satisfaction to be had by learning to do neat things with it that you'd never ever be able to discover without the help of the manual.

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    So here she is. Grandma gave it to me She's a Kenmore 4 Stitch 385-12321. Pretty darn good shape. She made the tarp in the pics and countless other awesome DIY ventures.
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    I found this little Italian at a local Amvets thrift store for $8. She is a Necchi BF Mira from around 1954. She was in pretty bad shape when I found her but after a good cleaning, oiling, new belt and a rewire (the previous owner tried to replace the power and pedal cord and did it wrong) I think she is looking pretty good. More importantly she is running smoother and quieter then any machine I've ever used.




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