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Post# 1018941   12/23/2018 at 21:20 (183 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

there are a couple big dumpsters downtown that I check on occaision-yesterday a sewing machine was recovered-wooden case was in bad shape,but machine is just about mint-an Emdeco made in japan around 1959 I estimate:wiring and light socket are U.S. made,but internally mounted motor was made in Japan as was original appearing bulb.Foot control was missing.Kinda eager to take this one for a spin,and it can zig zag.Poking around for info on this machine,discovered it likely was made by Toyota :)During the searching also found a site for sewing "guys"that has lots of male-orientated sewing and clothes making info :)got the vibe the guy running that site(Male pattern boldness) might be gay,which many here will like :)

Post# 1018948 , Reply# 1   12/23/2018 at 22:37 (183 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I love those Japanese machines.  They just sew and sew and sew and will punch through anything layer upon layer.

Post# 1018959 , Reply# 2   12/24/2018 at 00:27 (183 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Same thoughts-those older ALL METAL sewing machines will outsew most modern ones!It would be worth trying to fix this one up.Did you try sewing with it just after you found it?If so should be a good fix up.

Post# 1018965 , Reply# 3   12/24/2018 at 02:08 (183 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I'm always finding them at Goodwill and have to really resist the temptation!  I have NO room, but I'd love to get them and clean them up, refinish the cabinets, and make them look and function properly again.  MIL is still happy as a lark since I fixed both of hers.

Post# 1019037 , Reply# 4   12/25/2018 at 07:40 (181 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Japanese made...

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Kenmore, all metal, my wife got in 1972-ish, still runs beautifully and is so well made. I'd imagine these machines are under-appreciated for as good as they are!

Post# 1019044 , Reply# 5   12/25/2018 at 11:40 (181 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
another one !

checked the same dumpster again this past Monday and there was more goodies including another sewing machine!-a slant needle,worm drive Singer I recon is from around 1952-55 and in good condition and complete,though locked up solid-probably congealed up oil is the cause as there is no rust.A box of ceramic plates was also recovered :)Looked like someone was clearing an estate or something.

Post# 1019094 , Reply# 6   12/25/2018 at 23:50 (181 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The Singer is another that would be worth looking into.Unseize it,clean it up,relube and it should be fine!If there are any plastic gears in it check those for stripped teeth,cracks,or breakage.If the gears are broken the machine is done for unless there is a donor machine to get gears from.One of the gears is mounted on a shaft which will require the machine to be taken apart to replace it.If that is happened most repairmen scrap the machine.Hope that didn't happen to the Singer you found.

Post# 1019100 , Reply# 7   12/26/2018 at 03:37 (180 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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PB blaster works wonders!  It un-stuck my 100 year old National rotary that was so tight the wheel would spin.  But man it stinks to high heaven!

Post# 1020250 , Reply# 8   1/5/2019 at 18:52 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
singer going

got the Singer turning-the hooked drum that revolves around the bobbin was locked up,a couple drops of fresh oil fixed it.Like my other worm drive slant needles,this on a little lacking in motor power VS my '83 touch-tronic 2010 or JC Penny 7057.The ~1959 Emdeco is oiled up and running good,has similar motor power to the 1950s singer.

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