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Topic: Anyone know anything about my (old lemair) machine?  (Read 9053 times)
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« on: September 06, 2008 01:35:10 AM »

It's a lemair-helvetia model number is SZA-708-BH (click below for picture)

I inherited this machine from a family friend last year but haven't had enough room to set it up and play with it until last week. So far everything seems to be working fine, although the tension dial doesn't seem to do much, only adjusting the tension on the bobbin seems to make any difference. It has all these 'cams' you can switch out for fancy stitches, and an automatic buttonholer function that i have absolutely no idea how to use, despite reading the instructions about a million times.

I haven't really sewn anything since high school, but I want to get back into it and start making some of my own clothes. My main question is, do you think an old machine like this is ok for a beginner like me, or will I need to upgrade to a new machine soon? Also, it didn't come with any feet except the general sewing one and a couple of weird attachments. Can I buy other feet that I can use on this machine in a store?

I really hope one of you has used one of this brand before. It's really hard to find info about them online.   
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008 09:06:58 AM »

I have never heard of that brand before. Stylisticly it looks to be late 60's early 70's- a good period for sewing machines Smiley

Having the manual is a huge bonus! Just try folloing the steps slowly & carefully & you'll get buttonholes eventually.

It looks to take the Singer striaght shank compatible feet, that's good because this means there are tons of feet out there you can use.

I think it is a GREAT machine for a beginner!! Learn how to maintain it and it should serve you well for a good long time Smiley
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 07:57:31 PM »

Thanks Penlowe!

It's hard to know what you need when you're just starting out. I've always used my mum's machine, which has a free arm (a lot easier in my opinion) but I think I can do without.

I had a more indepth look at the foot situation last night and after a bit of comparing and googling I'm pretty sure it's a 'low shank' kind so hopefully I won't have too much trouble finding feet to fit.
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2009 03:22:09 PM »

I think the Lemair Helvetia sewing machines were made by Brother Corporation in Japan.  They are excellent machines -- at least mine is.  I have the identical machine -- I mean it looks exactly the same -- and I believe it is "the same only different" ... different name, that is.   Mine is a Brother Sewing Machine - Model 211.   I can take a photo if you'd like to see it.

You mention the Instruction Booklet.  Would you be able to scan the pages and/or photocopy them?   Or at least a few of them?  I have an Instruction Booklet but it is badly damaged and some of the pages have stuck together.   I've tried separating them with hot water but have ripped a few of them.    If you can help, I'll  tell you what pages I really need.

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