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« on: June 11, 2008 04:27:34 PM »

So I was at Goodwill one day and I found this sewing machine in a cabinet for $20. AS IS.  Well, I decided that even for $20, if it didn't work, it wasn't worth the money, so I moved on.  I turned down another isle and there was the most beautiful sewing machine in a cabinet.  I look in the drawers, and it had all the original accessories and the original instruction manual.  I was so excited.  It was marked for $25, and orange tag.  Orange tag just so happened to be 50% off that day.  I was so EXCITED!!!!   Here she is:

Her name is Green.   I brought her home and plugged her in, threaded her, and she just purred.  I was so excited. My husband was like " why do you need this?"  MEN!   Anyway, she is a 1956 Morse Zig-Zag.   O.k. so now I just need to know, as I'm not very familiar with old electicity, is it normal for the motor to spark?  She's not make any weird noses or anything.  I am just not sure.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008 04:40:53 PM »

no, I don't think it should spark.  Be very careful and don't leave it plugged in or you may have a fire on your hands.  you may need to have it cleaned and the electricity may be too much for the little thing.  does it have a grounding plug on it...it should have three prongs?  I definately would have someone look at it before you use it because sparking could be very dangerous and I would hate to see someone hurt....she's pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008 04:45:50 PM »

I think you should change her name to Envy - since there will probably be a lot of people Green with Envy over her!

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008 06:09:06 PM »

 :I am not real sure but sparks just don't sound like a good idea at all, so I would say NO, its not normal.
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008 06:45:25 PM »

NO! It is not normal for the motor to spark. Please do not leave it plugged in when you are not using it!
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008 05:26:45 AM »

What I great find.  I must admit I am a bit green like your sewing machine!  Green with envy that is.  i want to learn how to sew so bad!
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008 05:32:45 AM »

No hun it's not normal for a motor to spark..sounds like you have a short somewhere.If i were you I would try to find another motor.They are not hard to install.I have a Morse also and altho I don't use it much(I have 4 machines hooked up already) I keep it because it's a good machine and sews up a storm!
There are websites where you may find  a motor or take one off an old machine that's junk.Most motors fit most machines.

Good luck and keep that Morse...you made an awesome find at the Goodwill store! Wink

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008 07:10:37 AM »

Just the cabinet was worth $50 IMO, the machine is easily worth that or more, FANTASTIC purchase!! A sweet vintage machine like that is well worth spending money getting that motor to behave, either through replacement or repair, although I'd hate to see a brown or black motor hanging off the back of that beautiful greeen machine. Maybe if you take it to a good shop they can just switch the motor inside the housing & keep your pretty vintageness intact Smiley
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2008 04:53:08 PM »

My husband was like " why do you need this?"  MEN!   

As a man who has a growing collection of vintage sewing machines, it is my girlfriend who often asks "Why do you need this". Nice find. I really like the mid century Japanese-made sewing machines.

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008 10:52:28 AM »

When I was in college I purchased a Morse for NEW (it was a lot purchase with 5 others) for $50.  I loved that machine...it was an anchor weight wise, but a trooper!  I worked it to death...well it never died, I just got fancy and purchased a new machine that did more things.  I sold my Morse for the same $50!

The spark is sometimes seen, but if it does it often I would have a phone chat with a small appliance person (not necessarily a sewing machine shop).  Sometimes those electric motors have "brushes" that just need replacing...it has something to do with how electric motors work Roll Eyes

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