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Dressmaker Deluxe 1000
How old is it and where do I get info on it?
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Date: 5/26/08 10:54 AM

I found a Dressmaker Deluxe push button zig zag Model No. SWM-1000 at a thriftsale for $5 so I had to get it even though I absolutely know nothing about it. The gal selling it was about 30 and she said it was her grandmother's machine. It didn't have a manual either. It's a two tone machine with the main color a baby blue with a very very light blue that almost looks white. It was manufactured by Matsushita in Japan the metal plate by the motor says: AC and DC up to 75 cycles 115v-130w-130AMPS zig zag machine. Is this a heavy duty machine able to handle canvas? I was also wondering if anyone knows how old this is? I have looked on a few sites with no luck could someone help or tell me where to look. It also has three buttons on the front that you push down. One says down and that puts the feed dogs down one says silk is this for light or delicate fabric? It only goes half way up. And the next button is up and the feed dogs come the rest of the way up. The machine is really heavy. I just had to weigh it and it says it is 34 pounds. Is this heavy or average for an old machine? Do you think I did okay? Sister, who doesn't sew, just about died when I got excited when I seen it. When I brought it home DD asked DBI if he seen the machine. He said, "I seen the outside, I think that's all I needed to see." Just like getting a new toy.

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Date: 5/26/08 11:10 AM

go to needlebar.com they have a very good gallery there.you can match up your machine. if i had to guess your machine may be made in the 60's or 70's and sold by a department type store.Not bad machines,but not really made for heavy canvas or leather, some can do the heavy stuff just not all the time. if you like the machine and it does what you need then you got a great deal.remember to check the wires for hazards and oil moving parts & clean the lint from the feed dogs. then enjoy an(possible) all metal machine

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Date: 5/26/08 2:30 PM

Back in the 1960s and probably into the 70s, there were a couple of outfits, including City Sewing Machine Co., of Marysville, KS, who mail ordered machines by sending out phony contests that anyone could get right, and then informing almost all entrants that they had "won second prize," which was a coupon for (supposedly) $200 off on a new SM, the majority of which were sold as Dressmakers. The SWM 1000 was one of the earlier ones, but a quick search showed up this action against one of these outfits at a later date, in which City SM Co is mentioned. http://www.usps.com/judicial/1977deci/5-64.htm

The machines were simply cheap Japanese machines, that were worth about what people paid for them after they cashed in their supposedly valuable coupon.

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Date: 5/26/08 4:27 PM

a scam , even before e-bay!!

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Date: 5/26/08 6:36 PM

Thank you! Very interesting. I looked up the site you gave me and read through it. Under exception 12 they talk about the dressmaker 2400 or sewing machines substantialy identical thereto. Mine clearly says it is a dressmaker 1000. So, do you think it was still part of this scam?
I tried it out on Jeans folded over three times in the hemed area and it went through it. That is the only purpose I got it. I didn't want to push my good machine to do heavy sewing jobs. If it last just a few times it was only $5.00.
Anyone else with a little more help?
-- Edited on 5/26/08 6:39 PM --

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Date: 5/26/08 8:07 PM

"..they talk about the dressmaker 2400 or sewing machines substantialy identical thereto. Mine clearly says it is a dressmaker 1000. So, do you think it was still part of this scam? I tried it out on Jeans folded over three times in the hemed area and it went through it."

Note in my previous message that I pointed out that the 1000 was a far earlier model. They used it for quite a while, and then there was a SWA 2000 that was used as well. These old Japanese machines are not very sophisticated, but they are tough, and will usually keep plugging along with very little maintenance.

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Date: 5/27/08 9:57 AM

I guess I thought you were saying that my machine could have been in an earlier phony contest. Because you mentioned that in the 60's and into the 70's some companys did phony contests. And, then you mentioned mine was "one of the earlier ones". Thank you for clearing this up for me.

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Date: 1/11/11 2:33 PM

Know its quite a while since these postings. I won mine from the Missouri state fair in 1969. I have sewn all my clothes, quilts, baby things for numerous children. Jeans everything since then. I have no problems with it. I was looking for the manuel for it. It was stolen & recovered & I need to get the tension back to where it should be. It works when the electronic ones do not last.

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Date: 1/11/11 3:21 PM

Go to the yahoo group Japanese vintage sewing machines; you will find info there--

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Date: 6/19/11 4:30 PM

I'm looking at the 2008 date on your note, and here it is June 19, 2011. Time flys, but I was delighted to find your message. I bought the exact same make and model for $10.00 (in a stand that needs refinished but is in excellent shape) We loaded it in the trunk of our vintage Lincoln Town Car, and I thought I would "go on-line", find the machine manual and start sewing. (I have 3 feather weight Singers and one Singer Professional (also made in Japan, and I have never found a manual for it!) All four machines sew forward and backward. I also have an baby lock serger and Bernette Deco 500 (I don't know how to use the serger of the embroidering machine---but they both have a manual!) .
To make a long story short, I cannot find a manual for the Dress Maker Delux Zig Zag model SWM-1000 Serial #167891.
That is how I discovered you and signed up for Pattern Review.com. I am so hoping that you did find a manual for yours, and that you will feel sorry for me, and e-mail me! Mine is cream and beige and looks brand new. I'm a quilter, and machine piece on the featherweights (each with their own thread color, of course, and often their own blocks as well). This 1000 is my first zig zag machine. I really am excited to find it, and am anxious for news from you

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