Identifying an Imported Sewing Machine

Imported sewing machines may be difficult to identify as to manufacturer, etc. Some advice for conducting research in this area follows.
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I recently acquired this machine because I loved how quiet it seems when running and the fact it is a considerably heavy machine (I was looking for something that would last a long time). The only thing I have is the importer's sticker on it and a serial number. It was made in Japan and the motor has a model number on it, but only shows "Made in Japan" as well.

How can I identify the manufacturer, model, and year? I am missing a few pieces and would love to have a manual, but without the manufacture and model or year, that seems to be impossible.

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Thank you in advance for your help.

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February 16, 20180 found this helpful
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It appears that almost all (if not all) Necchi sewing machines were made in Italy. Necchi-Alco machines were made in several different countries but mostly in Japan.

  • It appears that Necchi collaborated with several companies (not just Alco) by lending their name but not all machines are Necchi "clones".
  • You say you have the serial number but usually the model number is with the serial number and the model number would be a big help in locating parts.
  • Here is a note from a repair shop about the model number:
  • Find the identification plaque on the sewing machine itself. Somewhere on the sewing machine -- and the location changes depending on the model -- you will find a square metal plaque containing both the model number and serial number.
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    This plaque will either be on the bottom of the unit or on one of the sides.
  • Here is a link to a company that sells most of the vintage sewing machine manuals but I did not see any model resembling yours. This link is for asking questions but they seem to be slow in answering. If you can get an answer, they may have a manual of a similar machine as lots of machines are the same with only a few minor differences.
  • pages.sewing-machine-manuals.com/.../question_form.html
  • If this is no help then you may have to Google (your zip code) for a repair shop that specializes in vintage machines (especially Singer).

Manuals are usually about $20 on this site but well worth this cost if you need parts information.

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I ran across this sewing machine with the brand name "Favorite" and can not find any info on it. Can you help?

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

This is probably a clone of one of the bigger brands. Larger companies sometimes made machines for stores under a different brand.

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If I were you, I would take it to a sewing machine store and ask them which brand made it.

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

This is a very cool website. If you scroll down to Weed Sewing Machine Co. Est 1864 - 1899 there were two machines that had "favorite" in the title. This may be a good start for you!!

www.sewmuse.co.uk/american%20sewing%20machine%20manufacturers...

This site has a little of the Weed company history that made the "Favorites" discussed in the first link:

commons.wikimedia.org/.../File:Weed_Sewing_Machine_Company_Hartford_Conn_(1889)_(14784549085).jpg

You could always contact the Hartford Historical Society and see if they can verify what you have! If so, it could be a cool piece! Who knows, it could be museum worthy!!! You never know!!!

www.hartfordhistory.org/

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June 27, 20180 found this helpful

It would have been nice if a picture had also been posted as many similarities can be spotted from reviewing pictures of similar machines. I believe it is a clone (especially if it was made in Japan) as they made a lot of generic "same" machines and sold to different companies and stores who placed their names on the machines.

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful

How do I add a picture

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful

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