Saturday, February 16, 2013

When it rains, it pours...

... and not just because I live in Washington State. I don't know what's going on, but in a little over a month I've acquired 29 sewing machines. Half of them came from the nice guy in Tacoma that I'd blogged about a couple weeks ago. So here I am today, buying a few odds and ends at the local Jo-Anns and noticed a couple old machines sitting in the corner of the sewing center. I innocently asked the nice lady what she planned on doing with them, telling her I tinkered with sewing machines as a hobby. She said she couldn't sell them as part of her inventory since they were not the brands she sells, and by the way, there are four machines, not two. Oooh, goody, I say to myself. I mean, oh, ok.

So she made a call....  The person on the other end of the line gave her a price to sell them for. She said if I buy them, they would obviously come with no warranty, as they are not being sold as part of their stock. Being the cheapskate I am, I offered 75% of her price (her price was a little more than what I would have paid at the local thrift store). She accepted and I walked out with the four machines pictured below. She said to check back at the end of the month.... Somebody stop me.

Montgomery Ward model UHT J1269

Simplicity model 9240

Kenmore model 385.1764180 (just like the first sewing machine we bought after we were married, but a little worse for wear than ours)

Riccar model 1570

One of these days, I'll get some machines sold. Things are *really* stacking up in the basement.


  1. I recently bought 2 Riccar 808e sewing machines. I suspect that they both have broken timing gears . . . which I understand is a labor intensive repair . . . and needs more skill and know-how than some repairs.

    My question for you:
    Are you familiar with Riccars?
    Do you know of any Riccar repair manuals . . . or repair manuals from other brands that might be similar to the Riccar sewing machines?

    My husband, who is very mechanically-minded (has rebuilt many volkswagen engines . . . pre-fuel injection engines, that is). He wants to attempt the repair of my sewing machine.

    Do you have any suggestions or opinions? Like, whether or not he should even attempt it?

    Kim Brinkerhoff

    1. There's certainly no harm in trying to repair the sewing machine. If he's good with mechanical things, it should be fairly straightforward. Riccar is a brand I'm not familiar with. When I need a manual, I just do an internet search and hope to find what I'm looking for.