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« on: February 03, 2009 05:45:26 PM »

I just purchased a Montgomery Ward URR 1260 (Zig Zag Sewing Machine) from a local thrift store for $20 (Score!) I can't find anything about this particular model online, and was hoping you vintage gurus could help me out. There's a local sewing repair place I plan on hitting tomorrow, since bits of the tension regulator are missing, along with a needle. Other, the machine seems to run beautifully. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of these machine? Or any of the older MW machines, for that matter? It's a table-mounted beauty with a knee pedal. Luckily, it came with the manual! I can't look for a serial number or anything yet, since it's not getting picked up until tomorrow evening. I promise pictures!

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009 05:06:49 AM »

Montgomery Ward purchased machines from a variety of suppliers/manufactures over the years.  Some are decent machines, some- not so much. I rely on inspection to determine the quality of any MW machine that I find.

Needles- standard home sewing machine needles for this machine.

With parts of the tension assembly missing, it won't sew a proper stitch as I am sure you have discovered.

I always chuckle when I hear a seller describe a machine by saying it "works great" simply because the needle goes up and down and things move. I always ask them if they used it to sew recently.  The devil is often in the details, and one little, hard to find part can prevent an otherwise fine machine from being usable.  I hope you can get what you need from you local shop and that it doesn't set you back too much.

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009 01:51:14 PM »

I'm crossing my fingers. At least I have another old lovely to keep me sewing - we acquired a Singer 301 last year for free. After cussing my Brother 5340 one last time and shoving it in a closet, it's been an absolute joy to work on!

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