FABULOUS machines FR!! Where on earth did you find them?? What would one expect to pay dfor such precious antique machines!!? And who would be able to service them? And what about finding parts??
Hi Elsie, You and I are in the same millinery group on Facebook, "Mad Hatters Society."
I found these on e-bay about 3 years ago. It took me 2 years of looking. If you find one, be sure you see how it stitches, if they can't show you that, don't buy one. I purchased 6 of them at one time, sold 2. Go to YOU TUBE and type in STRAW BRAID MACHINE and see how they work. They are all cast iron, and you can check with your local sewing machine repair shop for servicing but mine have never given me any trouble. They didn't look like this when I purchased them, my husband refurbished them for me. Every time I use it, you have to oil them (regular sewing machine oil) & if you sew on it after a few hours, you have to oil them again. Also, the newer regular sewing machine needle was too long & my husband filed it down from the top so it would fit, works perfectly. He also purchased a consew motor and a leather belt and changed them to electrical working machines and cut a table out for the ever growing hat. You may be able to find the parts on e-bay, when mine came it was all kind of parts the vendor sent. Funny thing.....an old tupperware lunch container, he painted it and made me a foot peddle, works perfectly. The prices vary and they all cost under $350.00 each with shipping.
wow! what amazing machines!
this guide about sewing machine is helpful
I'm interested to find out more about this too Ruth, i'll follow your feed, thanks for asking this....
Roberta, I asked that question about 4 years ago, and did actually buy a reconditioned Bernina machine - its been fantastic, and everything that I needed. Occasionally I look around and wonder if I should up-grade, but it never goes any further than that.
I'm coming in late to this conversation but am also looking for a machine to use in the production of men's top hats and a straw braid sewing machine. I'm based in Canberra.