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Vandoels
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Date: 9/7/13 0:05 AM

Hi there,

I'm loving my Viking Lily, but also wanting an older workhorse machine. I have the space and funds, and from what I can see, Necchi is a great option for an older machine.

I've found one listed for about $400, which I'm gathering is far too much. I will try it out (after a long drive) and all, but even in good to great shape, I'm thinking this is sort of out of the acceptable price range.

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/atq/3968206272.html

Am I right or do I just not have enough experience with these machines. The cord and manual are there. They are unsure of the other standard type accessories, I think. I've read it should come with rods that house accessories and cams for design stitches?

Alright any information or advice is truly appreciated. Honesty doesn't hurt my feelings, either, so fire away!

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Date: 9/7/13 4:59 AM

this machine doesn't take cams. It came with an extra, a "Wonderwheel" which enabled it to make designs, and a cardboard "wheel" to show the settings for it. It is basically a straight stitch, and zig-zag machine. I think this one is overpriced. There is a Necchi yahoo group you could join to get some expert advice.
Necchi is a very good machine, for vintage, the ones made in Italy.they are very finely machined, and so quiet. Need oiling a lot though because of it.
The Supernova, and a few other models, do take cams, and are really cool, but will cost, if in good shape, around this much for a good one.
The Mira is a more basic model. i have the wonderwheel, and it looks overly complicated, if interesting to me.
Actually, I would like to pass mine on, because I overindulged in SMAD.
Too bad you are to far away to drive here.
Necchi Supernova- See the cam instert at the top of the machine?

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Date: 9/7/13 11:42 AM

So I gathered from my own research that it was overpriced. I offered $200-$250 and still am not sure I'd take it. If you were in the market, what might be a fair price ? Assuming its working well and needs little extra help from an outside source.

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Date: 9/7/13 11:43 AM

And nice machine!!

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Date: 9/7/13 11:56 AM

I paid $50 for mine and that included the table.I bought mine on craigslist.I think $400 is overpriced.

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Date: 9/8/13 4:19 AM

Price is so dependent on condition, and competition it's hard for me to say. A really nice example I would think you could get for $125-$150. I've seen them for this in the Atlanta Craigslist. $50 was a real bargain, unless condition was poor.

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Date: 9/8/13 6:04 AM

In the condition I can see from the photos, $400 is too much. Only a fully refurbished machine would even be worth considering at that price, and it would need to be close to flawless then.

Necchis are fine machines, but do have fairly close tolerances. Regular oiling is a must.

As others noted, the BU Mira in the Craiglist ad doesn't take cams, although there is the externally attached "wonder wheel". I have the BU Mira that belong to my grandmother of blessed memory. She bought it new in the very early 1950s and sewed with it, including professionally, for 40 years. So it's definitely durable. I rather like the olive green myself.

On the flip side, if you're really wanting an older workhorse for not much cash, the Kenmores from the late 1960s through the 1980s are all solid and usually inexpensive. My favorites are the ones from the early through mid 1970s, with 148. and 158. prefixes in the model number.

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Date: 9/20/13 3:02 PM

Hi,
I'm wondering if you can advise me about my Necchi BF Nova, I inherited from my MIL. She was really careful about looking after everything, including this machine. She was the original owner and used it lightly until the 60s. I oiled it and plugged it to see if it runs - yes! Do you have any thoughts about what I should do ... do I find someone to 'refurbish'/'tune-up' the machine ... do I just try to really use it and only worry if something breaks ... maybe the 'belt' (I'm not sure of it is what it should be like and it seems a bit rigid, though it has no flaws ...
Thanks

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Date: 9/20/13 5:04 PM

Sorry-saw your other post. I'm no vintage expert sadly

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Date: 11/8/14 6:17 PM

Just found one in its original table at at the local hospital-affiliated thrift store... $10 US!
The motor emitted wisps of smoke, and sparks could be seen at the motor brushes, but the thing looked so cool and gagety I couldn't resist... AND it IS Italian, so...
First thing I noticed was that it is very modular; I had the motor unmounted, opened and the brushes/contacts cleaned of gum in short order... I think the issue was overoiling of the bearing.
Now for the rest... I may need to locate some pattern wheels, but for now, it runs.

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