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Topic: Nelco Model F-430 (sticker on bottom)  (Read 1157 times)
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« on: July 09, 2014 02:11:36 PM »

Found this at yard sale last week for $15. Looked sturdy enough and a bit dirty but looked cool. Is a free arm machine with an interesting curved base. Struggling with a couple of things. Skipped stitches when sewing at high speed or wide zig-zag stitch. HAven't yet figured out the manual button hole. Also cant find anything (read NOTHING) online about this model. Hoping someone can give some insight. I hear that the Nelco is generally a good machine but a bit frustrated. Didn't come with any additional feet.

Trying to link images below. Thanks for any information. wesley in waxhaw, nc

« Last Edit: July 09, 2014 02:14:28 PM by cg208cm » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2014 07:47:07 AM »

I did find some basic info. It is possible it is a trade name only, being a clone from a major manufacturer.
Lot of them out there,
You night try looking for necchi.    They are italian.
Seems there have been discussions with upper thread tension not working right on many models

here's a link. Your model isn't listed but they have an email link you might ask.


good luck
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014 07:29:20 AM »

Update: I cleaned underneath where the bobbin is located. I noticed that the needle, when doing zigzag stitch, was not picking up the thread on the right. I just did the timing and that seemed to help. I am able to sew zigzag stitches as well as straight stitch without any skipped stitches. The machine did not come with any additional feet. When I add a satin stitch foot to the machine I am able to sell a fairly decent and clean satin stitch without skips. Now on to the problem. I'm not sure what the button foot looks like for this machine. When I try to sew a button hole with the normal zigzag foot it sews a very nice reverse stitch for the right. When I sew the left side it sews a wider stitch length and doesn't look right.  Will continue to work with it but for $15 it seems to be doing ok.


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