Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sewing Machines Everywhere

I went to the thrift shop last week to look for fabric.  There on the floor were three sewing machines.  A 70s Kenmore, A 50s Bel Air, and a Singer Touch-Tronic 2000.  I looked at all three and decided the Bel Air was missing parts, the Kenmore smelled awful, and the Touch-Tronic was intriguing.  I decided to pass on all three.
But after doing research on the internet and thinking about it overnight, I went and forked over the $9.50 for the Touch-Tronic.
I arrived home with it and started to test it out.  It actually is a very well running machine.  I know from my research it is one of the first electronic sewing machines.  Also it might be long-lived with no problems or problematic.  Growing up in the seventies and eighties, I have always been intrigued by electronic devices, especially the earlier ones like this.  I think this was made between 75 and 77 in The USA.
I sewed quite a few test stitches with it and it sews wonderfully.  It has some interesting decorative stitches.
Now my problem is what to do with so many sewing machines.  I guess I'll just use what ever machine strikes my fancy for a certain project.
Yes, I was hesitant to blog about this machine because of the purists out there. But after reading Male Pattern Boldness last week, I decided to take Peter's advice and be truthful and blog about what ever I want.  Since I started this blog as a diary for myself and maybe for my family to see, I think it is great I have people interested in what I am doing, also a little scary.
Case

Touch-Tronic 2000

Power on

Name Badge 

Fine-tune knobs under name badge

Free-arm flips down
Flat bed

Pretty stitching
video
                                                    Watch it sew
Sneak peek of my next project
The Touch-Tronic will have to get in line.  The next project is going to be done with my Bel Air Imperial.  Like a blast from the past.

Thanks for stopping.

4 comments:

  1. $9.50???? That's amazing. Looks like a great little machine!

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  2. It appears to be in good cosmetic condition. But the gears in these machines are not metal. I was given a similar model with busted gears. My intention was to replace the gears. Haven't gotten around to it.

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  3. I watched the video clip-sounds really good. I am always amazed at how many sewing machines mostly stay stored up in a closet some place waiting for a seam that needs sewing back together. Maybe this is one of them. I would guess the fabric is for a vest perhaps.

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  4. My sewing machine repair man told me these were very expensive sewing machines. I think this might be the first Singer with the one step button hole feature. I have a similar model - a Singer Creative Touch 1036. It came with a long button hole gauge foot. You insert a button into the back of it and pull down a lever near the presser foot. That leaver interacts with the button hole gauge foot & sews a button based on the size of the button. My Singer Creative Touch has busted gears. But I plan on replacing the gears because I think it's such a neat feature. It's a common feature on newer machines now.

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