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what is this type of vintage machine called?
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Date: 12/6/12 12:40 PM

I saw an Emdeko Sewing Machine on CL---but not in my city -----and it really caught my eye!! oh I wish I could see and sew on it in person!! It looks wonderful!! I love that it can vary it's stitch while sewing. I have found out it's a Brother brand sm; thus japanese, which I thought someone said were good vintage machines.

But seeing this machine and reading everyone's talk about different vintage machines made me want to ask everyone:

what is this Emdeko sewing machine type called?? Is it vintage? (what really is 'vintage'?)

I know it's not a SS only b/c it does zigzag and accepts cams (which I just figured out what those were---I've read some on here use that word but didn't know what it was).

And I know some have used the word "straight shanks" and "slant shanks" and I was not sure what was being said on that thread (and I didn't want to highjack PM's thread). but really would like to learn what all this means!

Can anyone suggest websites I can go to that are trustworthy to learn about these different sewing machines? I know it probably just takes some time to learn about them, but I am trying to figure out where to even start!

Thank you

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Date: 12/6/12 6:34 PM

I don't know anything about this vintage machine, specifically, except that is likely japanese, and similar to a Singer class 15 machine. I have a similar New Home machine that is straight stitch only. It will drop it's feed dogs (with the two silver buttons on the right front).

A good source for information is www.quiltingboard.com. On the home page, under quilting forum sections, you'll see a listing " for vintage and antique machine enthusiasts." The primary thread under this heading is the "vintage sewing machine shop," but there are other threads as well. Lots to explore there!

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Date: 12/6/12 9:46 PM

I found two of them Is this the one you found this one is in dever co.vintage emdeko
Here's the other one. from sioux city Ia,vintage emdeko

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Date: 12/6/12 10:13 PM

The machines and the manual look exactly like the Brother Japanese import that I bought secondhand in the 80's for $30. The manual is even the same color, same graphics. If I could buy the same machine today, I might pay $60, but not $200. On the other hand, it was a wonderful machine. It was a class 15 machine and very hardworking, better than any machine you can buy at WallyWorld. I'm pretty sure it's a straight-shank, but I gave my machine away to a niece a few years ago so I can't look at it now.
Definitions:
Vintage means it's more than 50 years old.
Antique means it's more than 100 years old.
Straight shank - if you look at the machine from the end with the needle - the needlebar that holds the needle-clamp goes straight up and down.
Slant shank - the needlebar that holds the needle-clam goes up and down on a slight slant - the bottom of the motion is closer to the machine operator, the top leans away from you.
Theoretically, you should be able to see the actual needle-strike more easily on a slant-shank machine. However, some people think it decreases the amount of strike-power available for thick or sturdy materials.

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Date: 12/9/12 11:49 PM

Sorry everyone---I was out of town for a few days...

Thank you for all the responses---they really help!

Thanks for the reference to the quilting board, Eptreadle! I really never thought to check that site out on vintage machines!

WOW, Skae! How did you find them?---that is so cool!! Yep that is the machine I am talking about---great detective work!!

Thank you so much for the definitions of the terms, sings2high! This is exactly what I was wanting to know! So really this machine, Emdeko, is really not old enough to be called "vintage", huh?!

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