26 December 2019

New (to me) machine

This is a long story. When my sister moved in she had an old Necchi sewing machine in a small sewing cabinet. She wanted to get rid of it so I offered to put it on Craig's List for $50. It was immediately spoken for. She had brought it downstairs and I wanted to make sure it was clean and worked OK. OMG!! I fell in love with this machine and wished I'd never advertised it. It was too late. I think I might have cancelled the transaction but I really didn't have room for it. I have mourned the lost of that velvety smooth running machine since the woman took it away.

It turns out the pink Necchi Supernova was the premiere machine made by Necchi. I found them on Ebay for $300-$500., most without cabinets. Last week I found a Necchi BU Mira, an even older machine. It was manufactured in 1953. It has drop feet dogs, a free motion (darning) foot and needle threader. It had decorative cams as well. It looked really good and was "cleaned and tested" by the seller who dealt in vintage machine. He turned out to be fabulous. More later...

It is greener than it looks in this picture

Two and three sets of the same feet, a straight stitch plate, cams, and in the tiny box is the needle thread. You lay it against the needle using a groove in the threader and a hook goes into the needle so you can hook your thread on it.

Two manual: one for the machine and one for the Wonder Wheel that uses the cams. He had them Velo bound. Who does that?? He is a peach.

The accessories came in this cool cigar box.

I found this sewing table locally. The outside is in bad condition but opened, the oak is perfect. I paid $20. for the sewing table and it came with a machine.

This is the "bonus" machine which I was planning on keeping until yesterday (more about this next post).

The saga continues. The great sewing table I bought had hinges with pins too big to fit the Necchi. I contacted a few people and the Vintage Necchi group on Facebook. The man I bought the machine from said he was sending me two pairs of different hinges that both fit the Necchi. Can't wait to get them. I also need to re-do the feet on the left side of the sewing table. They are both bent. More about that too. 


  1. Wow! Metal parts, what a bonus! My mom had a Necchi... have never sewn on one, but she sewed a lot and wouldn't have
    put up with a machine that wasn't top of the line. Can't wait to see it set up on your refurbished table!

    1. Holy Cow was this NOT the beginning of a LONG saga.

  2. Vintage...refurbishing...such a sewing machine adventure. Do you remember the little Sewing Machine Shop in South Portland, downtown, near where the old bridge used to be? The owner was fun to talk with as he was 2nd or 3rd generation to own that store. My mom had a Singer, and I did too. Now my machine, which I never use but would like to, is Sears...

    1. I never went to that sewing machine shop in Portland. Too bad I missed it


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