Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brother Blue Mystery

I found a two toned blue Brother Zig Zag sewing machine today, which I just may have to keep (for awhile at least).  It almost looks light green and blue. I guess it can be any color you want it to be.

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I don’t know what model it is. I can’t find a model number on it. There is an MZ number on the sewing machine body itself, and there is a serial number on the motor, but nothing to indicate what model number it is. I have googled, and searched google images to find something similar…and I have found some, but those people are stumped as to what model number they have too. I guess it really doesn’t matter, except that it is capable of taking decorative cams, and if I don’t know what cams it takes, it will be hard to find any, if I choose to.

Being a zig zag machine, it only had a straight stitch presser foot on it, and a straight stitch needle plate. I was able to find a zig zag needle plate, by searching for Brother parts, and by comparing the straight stitch needle plate with a drawing of the zig zag plate. I got one of those ordered, and it wasn’t too badly priced. $6, I think. The spool pin was missing, so I had Louie modify the bracket and put a singer spool pin on it. I stole the zig zag presser foot off of a Brother I am scrapping out, and the bobbin case was missing the spring and screw, but thank Goodness I had another spare, so I think we’re about ready to test sew with it, but not until the zz plate gets here. I cleaned and oiled it, and surprisingly, there was nothing ‘stuck’. I replaced the bobbin tire as well, as it was brittle and crumbling. I think this machine is kind of cute. The plates and emblems remind me of a vintage car.

Here’s some before and after pictures .

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I’m going to do some juggling with some sewing machine cases and get this machine in a case.

If you know what model this machine is, please let me know. It might be nice to find some cams and see what other things this machine can do. I don’t know of a Brother sewing machine identification database, like Singer and Kenmore has, so if anyone knows if there is one, I would love to know about that too.

Have a good week.

6 comments:

Connie said...

Michelle I just can't get over how knowledgeable you are about all the different machines! It is kinda cute!

Jeanna said...

I wish I could help solve your mystery, but sorry, I can't. You have made that machine look like new again! It is adorable!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Whatever she is, she is very pretty.

Elizabeth said...

I have a straight stitch Brother and a ZZ Brother. My ZZ looks a little different and is a front loader. The nice thing about the Japanese made machines, besides their precision, fit and finish, is that they come in so many pretty colors......What a beauty

stitchnerd said...

Hi Michelle,
This one looks very similar to my blue machine.

http://stitchnerd.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/look-at-what-followed-me-home/

I suspect mine is a Brother but have not had any time to do the research or work on my machine.

chris said...

Interesting, I have just found the same machine and have just oiled and rewired it, I got a new belt and bobbins from brother and a bobbin case from a local workshop here in the uk....Do you know what all the controls are and how you thread the machine up it would be handy to have a rough diagram.
cheers
chris

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