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Date: 1/9/13 9:06 PM

I have a Nelco Super Model SZA-800-L sewing machine. Serial number 30536039. Can you tell me when it was made and how much resale value it has. The foot pedal has been replaced and it has a hard case cover.

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Date: 1/9/13 9:20 PM

I have a Nelco Super Model SZA-800-L sewing machine. Serial number 30536039. Can you tell me when it was made and how much resale value it has. The foot pedal has been replaced and it has a hard case cover.

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Date: 5/26/13 4:30 PM

Hi everyone, I am going to bump this up because my dd just bought me a vintage machine when she was in town. She texted me this photo and I told her to grab it for cheap.

I haven't yet discovered an exact match to her snapshot...

Can anyone tell me if all these type machines thread from left to right? One youtube lady selling a different model was saying the flat side of the needle goes to the right?

I also read that people have had tension issues with Nelco but others love them.

Can any of you machine experts clue me in?

I want a manual!!!

My dd says it weighs a ton like my Necchi but has only just texted me she bought it so I haven't seen it yet.


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Thanks in advance and wow love my vintage machines:) my other main vintage is 201-2 and two other singers plus a Necchi zigzag and a Kennie but I am worried this Nelco is a whole other animal... :)

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Date: 5/26/13 5:09 PM

Does this look like your machine? If so, there's a youtube video of that model and it looks like it threads from left to right.

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Date: 5/26/13 8:14 PM

Thank you! It is very similar actually - but not it. I am going to post a few pics. It is home now and I have inspected it - it has such a pretty turqoise color:-)



It is missing the bobbin case and bobbin



So, I had understood that Goodwill tests their electronics before selling them but clearly they must have just tested the pedal and saw the needle go up and down. The light works.
(Naive me:-)

It has a push button feed drop system labeled "Darn" and "Sew"


So this machine looks dirty, but not as bad as some I have seen. It needs a good cleaning with some sort of cleaning sollution and oiled.

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My husband and I searched all over and couldn't find a photo or example of this exact machine online.

I guess I better find a bobbin case and bobbin to try in it but I am not sure what to use...

What metal bobbin? Are all the cases the same? This is new territory as all my other vintage machines came with the right stuff still in them. This one seems to have an old needle in it also and the flat side is turned to the right...

The box/case is in terrible condition... Someone put shoe polish on it as black is coming off on anything it touches (Why oh WHY would someone do that?)
Any help would be appreciated about cleaning it or the bobbin case...

There are also a few pits in the enamel and just one may have rust... Should I try to cover that with something?

TIA
Terri

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Date: 5/26/13 8:33 PM

The other question I am having is that the front badge/plate says the following:


However, according to others online the Model number on the front of the machine is not the model number and the number underneath is the real model number. This seems wrong because when I search for the J-A38 I get descriptions for threading that show a different machine in the illustrations and it is labeled "JA 38" instead of J-A38 which is on the machine...



So the manuals do not look right so far and people are listing their machines using one or the other numbers for the model number...

Wonder which one is the Japanese factory and which one is the machine model?

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Date: 5/26/13 8:37 PM

I'd be fairly certain that it takes a class 15 bobbin case ("1 o'clock" style) and metal class 15 bobbins. They are cheap and easily available, so it won't take a big investment to test.

This is a style of zig-zagger commonly called an "end loader". If you set it to zz, and open the slide plate as it runs, you can see the entire bobbin assembly moves back and forth. The needle is set with the flat of the shank to the Right, and threads L to R. You cannot use a twin needle with this type of mechanism.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 5/26/13 9:07 PM

That's what it looks like to me too. I'm going to dig some out and do some testing.
There is a woman on youtube selling one similar to this but different with the front configuration, who said that the two spool pins in back and double holes in the thread guides were for sewing with a double needle. Obviously if it is a left of center needle position that wouldn't work...

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Date: 5/27/13 4:43 PM

Thanks Jennifer!!!

I was able to order those and get a generic manual from Sew Classic. She is amazing for customer service. (not affiliated)

Hopefully, I can get it all oiled and cleaned up and ready to sew!

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Date: 9/8/14 1:27 PM

Use Break Free(available at any gun shop)It will help all the gears and never gums up. Also if there is a Harbor Freight close by get some of the crushed walnut shells(for pin cushions) and magnetic clamps for your quilts. At this store you can get these items for 1/5 the price you pay at a fabric shop. Shop at the hardware store you'll get ideas and keep more of the money.

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