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So once we got the machine home we did a little looking at it. It had been serviced a few times by Necchi authorized dealers but I knew one of the places hadn't been in business for awhile. Then I got online to find more information about them. One of the first things I found was the machines have a bad habit of cracking it's camstack. That sometimes kills the machine and sometimes it just means that all it will do is straight stitch. So I followed the instructions to look at the cam stack and by golly the cam stack was whole. I do suspect that one of the services was replacing it because it looked awfully new to be original. Plastic from the 60s isn't bright white and this was white and only stained where the oil and grease had touched it. So a basic dusting of the machine and she was ready to go. It was almost like the woman or man who owned this cleaned it one day and donated it to Goodwill just a few weeks later.
This machine is a little picky. She'll sew light weight fabrics and heavy fabrics but you better have the needle that the manual calls for or she'll go all wonky. She got mad enough at my husband that she knocked herself out of time. There is a service manual online in one of the many Necchi groups on Yahoo and Facebook. Since my husband is super mechanical he was sure he could do this. He had the tools, the knowledge, and the will to do it. Three weeks later and I was searching for a Necchi repairman. I was in talking to him while he was working and I was looking at the book when the problem jumped out at me. The text said .5 mm and the diagram said .05 mm. When he followed the measurements of the diagram it went right back into time and has sewn wonderfully ever since.
- Sexy design
- Small and Portable - It's still heavier than a new machine
- Free Arm
- Wonderful stitch
- Viewed as a Necchi oops - I disagree wholeheartedly but there are some out there who will look down their nose at this machine.
- Weak camstack
- Can be difficult to find