Identifying an Imported Sewing Machine

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.

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.

    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.
  • 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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February 15, 20180 found this helpful

It might be a Morse? Could you possibly zoom in on the silver oval label at the bottom?

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February 16, 20180 found this helpful

The oval label states Necchi-Alco Imports. Someone told me that it is NOT a Necchi machine but then a friend told me it is. So confusing.

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February 15, 20180 found this helpful

I had a Japanese machine. The brand was Stradivaro.

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February 18, 20180 found this helpful

This appears a great deal like a machine made by the Brother company. Mine was a bit fancier, built in 1971 with Montgomery Wards name on it. It weighed 36 lbs. The Brother company was behind many store name brands. Western Auto was another one. The main difference in sewing machines is the straight or slanted pressure foot. Singer is known for having slanted ones. This seems to be the main question when ordering generic parts.


Play with your machine to get to know it. Then go to a store that sells used machines, or a repair shop. Any questions you still have any tech should be able to answer. Yours is a strong mechanical model that should last more than a lifetime with care. Good Luck. PS I have more than 6 machines, different brands, from portable plastic ones to industrial ones. I work on them all.

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