This is a lovely little machine that is only slightly larger than the Featherweight, but it doesn't just do straight stitch but also zig-zag and fancy stitches with cams, it's got a good free arm and a large working table. Fantastic! This was a really expensive little thing too - I found a receipt in… Continue reading Favta Automatic, or was it all worth it?
Necchi Supernova machines have an electrical block regulating the current to the motor and the lamp. Necchi Supernova Julia has a somewhat different block, see Dan's post. Here is the underbelly of a 1955 Necchi Supernova flat bed with the electrical block at its right end. This is the European version of the "First Edition", i.e.… Continue reading Wiring Necchi Supernova
Older Janome machines have a flat rectangular motor connector with three or four flat pins. The connector box is the same for both, but the 3-pin version simply lacks one of the pins. The lacking pin is earth - second from right on the motor socket. It is only required for motors and pedals with… Continue reading Wiring Janome 3 and 4 flat pin connectors
Lada T132 has a rather special clockwise motor. It is housed under two panels on the back right of the machine. The machine has individual power and pedal sockets on the back of the column and separate light and motor switches on the right. The motor drives a large pulley with a short belt; the… Continue reading Wiring Lada T132
It is very easy to switch between a treadle, a motor and a hand-crank provided you've got the right stuff. So how do you determine whether that lovely hand-crank you've seen, would fit your machine? We're just going to look at using hand-cranks as is, without modifications to the hand-cranks or to the machine. If… Continue reading Measuring up for a hand-crank
Including a look inside a motor. 😮 I have this Sew-Tric motor from 1960s that had seen very little use, but was making a horrible screeching noise. I thought it would be a waste to throw away a perfectly good expensive motor, so I decided to open it up and see what was making… Continue reading The secret life of sewing machine motors