Montgomery Ward UHT J1952
I purchased this lovely machine from ShopGoodwill.com for $5.95 plus shipping. I guess Montgomery Ward just isn't a sought after machine!! What a fantastic machine! Maybe I shouldn't write this review, people will find out about it!!!
Anyone who has shopped at ShopGoodwill.com will know that they don't usually give very much information, so the buyer is taking a chance. I like to "window shop" there and this machine "spoke" to me! I went ahead and bid on it, starting bid was $5.95 and shipping was something like $27. I was the only one who bid on it and total payout was about $35. This machine was well worth the money!! It came this past Friday in a very big box! Unbelievable the amount of bubble wrap on it! The box was at least twice the size of the machine and it was so well packed!!
Anyway, to the machine, as I said, the listing didn't give much information and I couldn't find anything online for it. When I took it out and got it unwrapped I was amazed at its pristine condition! There is a small scratch on the front left door, but nothing serious. The free arm cover lifts up on the left and lays down flat to expose the bobbin door and the feed dog drop lever. There is an extension on the front of the table that folds down so it can fit in a case or stays up to give more table space. It has a 5-step built in buttonhole, 6 "embroidery" stitches and 9 utility stitches that include 7 stretch stitches. The zigzag stitch looks to be 4mm wide. It didn't come with any accessories, but it came with an ankle that takes snap on feet and I have loads of those.
Probably the biggest positive for this machine is that IT SEWS KNITS WITHOUT SKIPPING STITCHES!!! OK, well maybe one stitch out of a row was skipped! Yeah, I'm just a bit psyched about that one! I have way too many machines right now and most of them won't sew knits worth a darn! I was making a blouse this weekend out of a pretty peach knit and I was using it for most of the construction but because the lower belt needed adjustment and I didn't feel like doing it at the time(!) I tried to use one of my other machines to finish it. I got everything done except for the buttonholes. I tried 5 different machines (all mechanicals) plus this one and it was the only one that would do the buttonholes! I used it with the belt issue; I just had to turn the handwheel to get it going, and did all 6 buttonholes without any issues! They may not be beautiful or fancy, but they're done and nice and even!
I don't know how old it is, and I'm guessing it was made in Japan, but when it sewed on a cotton spandex I make undies out of and didn't fuss at all, I knew it was gonna be my go-to machine for a long time to come.
Hubby is kinda glad that I'm this pleased with it because his comment was, "So do you think you have enough machines now?" I told him I still want a Bernina 830 Record! I guess it's time to start selling some of my "backup" machines! Anyone want a Kenmore 158.1914 with all attachments for a reasonable price?
I can't really think of anything I don't like about it. Probably the only thing I might add to it is multiple needle positions. I haven't tried free motion quilting on it yet, but with the foot pressure adjustment, drop feed, and stitch length adjustments, I should be able to do that too!