Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More Loot for the Necchi

Remember way back when when I got that note in my mailbox? One of my teacher friends gave me his wife's old Necchi. It works like a charm and it was very stout. I was planning on setting it up as my topstitching machine. But then I realized that it had no feet. Right now, it is under the stairs because I bought another machine last weekend and didn't have room for four machines. Well yesterday another two boxes showed up in front of my door. One was wool fabric (yes!) and the other was all the original stuff for the Necchi. Included in the box was the original manual.




It also contained the plastic discs for the AZA Attachment which "offers the possibility for completing automatic embroidering any ornamental design by simply running your machine!" I love the text of old manuals.


His wife also had a buttonholer with all the fixin's. The original instructions are under the buttonholer.



From left to right: buttonhole presser foot, quilting guide with clamp, zigzag hemming presser foot, and straight stitch hemming foot.




L-r: looks like a zipper foot (it's not in the manual), cording and zipper foot, darning presser foot, blindstitching foot, plastic invisible zipper foot, rolling foot (??this isn't in the manual -- is it for leather?)



L-r: needle foot plate for embroidery and darning, needle plate for straight stitching, straight guide, levers for the wonder wheel, don't know, assorted screws.



I'm super excited about the feet and the buttonholer. I'm hoping to use the buttonholer with my jeans for the sew-along. It does keyhole buttons too. I've never seen one used and know nothing about it but I'll see if I can get it working. Speaking of the Jeans Sew Along. Want to join?? I set up a thread over at PatternReview.com. All the information on rivets, fabric, pre-treating, etc. is being discussed over there! Join us!

13 comments:

cidell said...

I have that buttonholer and it's phenomenal. JennyG told me that the discs for the Necchi are very valuable! Good for you!

Lynn said...

OMG! So cool! You are going to have such a blast. I'm enjoying your embroidery with you.

gwensews said...

You must be doing the happy dance, getting all those accessories! Have fun!

Claudine said...

A buttonholer! I'm green with envy. I keep meaning to find one of those for my machine.

Shannon said...

How cool - I love all the bits and pieces that go with the machine!

How come the only notes I get in my mailbox are from irate parents? ;)

Linda said...

I am like Shannon, I love all the extras with sewing machines.

Cindy said...

Wow. That looks like a lot of pieces! I am jealous of a buttonholer--I have not been happy with mine this winter and all the thick fabric that I have been using.

Bunny said...

What a gift! I'm green with envy.

Anonymous said...

I have that Necchi BU Mira too. Do you have the wonderwheel? Those wire looking levers are for that. Save those screws they are probably important, specific and hard to replace. Old Necchis are workhorses You have a good machine! Look for short shank foots in thrift stores, think Necchi can use universal ones.

Lila said...

Congrats on your finding!
I just wanted to reply to the anonymous poster about feets on vintage Necchi machine: BU (zig zag models) takes hight shank feets, while BF (stight stitch only models) takes low shank. This goes for Nova, Mira, Supernova, Julia, Lycia and so on ;) HTH

Rhoto said...

Hi Dawn!!
If you DIDN'T have the original sewing manual for your Necchi, where do you think you could be able to find it??
Rhonda in Montreal (PR), whose friend just bought a machine without a manual (obviously ;) )

M Kate said...

Yay! I drove a $25 garage sale Necchi machine from about age 13 to somewhere near 40, when I accidentally killed it. It was a late '60s model, and my sewing repair guru said it was worth about $13 in the blue book at that point. Made me sad, but truly loved it and used it to death (literally!). You must be having a ball with yours, as it's a much more complete set. Enjoy!

Sean said...

The BU is a great machine. Not that it uses a *high* shank foot like an industrial machine. Mine is the olive green color.