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Date: 10/18/08 1:40 PM

Has anyone had experience with Montgomery Ward sewing machines? I found what appears to be an all metal mechanism (one piece of plastic on back -- thread spool support piece), made in Japan, Montgomery Ward sewing machine. I found a diagram on a website that showed how to thread a similar Montgomery Ward machine as well as how to wind a bobbin, but I haven't found any information about the dials on the front. A number of decorative stitches are shown in the pattern selector on the front of the machine, but I have no idea how to set them. (There are numbers 1-5 followed by pictures of the different stitches.) The machine has a very nice straight stitch and the bobbin mechanism is very similar to that of my older Bernina machine. I just put an already wound Bernina bobbin in and started sewing. I've searched on the internet and can't find a manual for this particular model. The model is J 1952.
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Date: 10/18/08 2:13 PM

All of the MW (Signature) machines of that era were made by the "Happy" Sewing Machine Co of Japan. You will probably find their name on the under casting. Happy made some pretty decent machines, and you can occasionally find them under other names as well.

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Date: 10/18/08 6:40 PM

I used to sell this machine back in the 80's. You might be able to get a manual for this machine at Sew4less on line. There are other machines that are very similar as Bill has posted and even a generic manual would be the same.

Bill's post about the Happy Co. also reminds me of the first serger that I used way back then..and it was called the Happylock and it resembled the Simplicity models that are like Babylock 450, new BL Lauren and the Sewing with Nancy serger. The Happylock was only a 3 thread with no differential feed but I was hooked on serging then for life.
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Date: 10/19/08 0:27 AM

Thanks for your replies. This machine must not be a Signature machine as I didn't find Happy on the bottom of it.

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Date: 1/10/09 4:56 PM

I just bought one from the local thrift store and am looking for some different feet. I have the manual how can I help?

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Date: 4/15/09 10:37 PM

Hi, I "inherited" a lovely Pink "HappyLite" Montgomery Wards Sewing Machine and was able to get the manual from someone with the same machine. Only problem is mine is missing the nose cover and the sleeve arm cover at bottom and I have NO place to find the parts. Any ideas...

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