I am a very frugal, thrifty person by nature, but I have one weak spot when it comes to compulsive purchases - vintage sewing machines.
I'm getting better at practicing self-control, but craigslist...oh my gosh, craigslist... talk about a gold mine of vintage sewing machines. I even set up email alerts for any newly posted machines, and the most recent alert was one I couldn't pass up. So without further ado, do you want to see the newest addition to the JordsenDesigns' studio?
Meet Vera, (my son helped me name her) a Necchi BU Mira that I got off Craigslist for only $50! She came from a wonderful home so full of sewing machines that there wasn't room for her. Shes a beauty. Sturdy, powerful, a drab olive color, and in great working condition! I must admit: I know very little about this machine, or Necchi BU Miras, in general. I bought her as a project - a learning experience - and I couldn't be more excited!
I've done a bit of research, and as far as I know, this machine dates back to the late 1940's-early 1950's. She's all steel, zero plastic parts, which is a total plus. With consistent punching power, this workhorse machine doesn't skip a beat (or stitch). She's very simple and mechanical, featuring only straight stitch and zigzag. She has been well taken care of inside and out, but, as with most vintage machines, came with sixty some odd years of vintage dirt and grime.
First order of business: READ THE MANUAL! (Always read the manual. You will learn so much.)
Second order of business: find out as much as I can about this machine. I'm using this as my chance to learn how to clean and maintenance vintage machines to their original shine. I'll be sure to update you with my progress and results!
If you're older and wiser and know ANYTHING about Necchi BU Miras, please share!
Now that you've seen my beautiful, new addition, what do you think?
Have you or a relative ever owned a machine like this?