Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fantasia

Collecting sewing machines is a satisfying hobby in that machines (almost mysteriously) show up in my basement that I hadn't previously run across. There seems to be a never-ending supply of unique sewing machines. Granted, they all pretty much look the same, but they are all different also. Kind of like the saying, "I'm unique, just like everyone else." Ok, so sewing machines aren't as unique as humans, but I still like them. Sewing machines, that is.

Now that we have the preamble out of the way, on to the photos. Here is one of my latest acquisitions, a Fantasia. I don't know much about it other than when I plugged it in at the store it ran, although somewhat slow.



Notice the word "Electronic". That intrigued me when I first spotted it at the store. The little switch  on the base was also something I'd not seen before. I'll get to both of these points in a moment. But first, more photos.



I haven't had too much time to fiddle with this machine but I did plug the thing in and test at the Goodwill store to make sure it did in fact run. There is a toggle switch on the front base that is labeled Needle Program Up Down. I thought to myself, no, could it be? An older, even semi-vintage, sewing machine that you can program the needle to stop in the up or down position? Well let me tell you, that is exactly what it does. I switched the toggle to 'down' and the needle stopped all the way down when I let up on the controller, and when I switched the toggle to 'up', the needle stopped at the topmost position. Wow. I was impressed. Maybe I shouldn't be. Maybe there are tons of these machines out there. I don't know. This is the first one I've seen though. I know that the current fodder of machines found at sewing centers can do these feats of marvel, but a Goodwill purchase? Ok, so maybe I'm just easy to impress. I'll have to get this one cleaned up and sorted out soon so I can find out any other interesting features.

9 comments:

  1. Hi there, I have one of these Fantasia SM's, came from Chicago area, and it seems pretty nice. I've sewed a few things with it, including some thick flannel, and a wool hunting shirt. Seems really quite nice, and I've not found any other SM with that oh so hhelpful needle down/up. The cooling blue color is just the icing on the cake! And all the various feet, such a nice set-up. Currently it is taking a breather while I put a new (old) New Home model 900 XL-II to the test....but already, I am missing the needle down....

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  2. I don't know that I'd tackle another New Home 900. It is quite complicated inside. Hopefully your 900 is working well and won't need a lot of adjusting like mine did. And I still haven't had time to work on my Fantasia but am really looking forward to see how well it works. Thanks for the comments.

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  3. I have this machine, it's been awesome, would love to find another one.

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  4. does this machine do free motion quilting

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    1. Hi Karin. I'm not a quilter, so I wouldn't know (I barely can sew), so hopefully someone will give you an answer to your question.

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    1. Yes, the feed dogs drop. Take a look at the stitch length knob above. If you turn the knob to "0" then keep turning, it goes to the "darn" position, which is at 3 o-clock in the photo. Maybe this answers Karin Dunn's question also.

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    2. Thanks. I just bought one of these and can't wait to get it to examine it. Hoping it doesn't get damaged in shipping.

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  6. I got one at a rummage sale. Any idea where you can get a user manual?

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