July 28, 2011

Stitch Master 139

Found the Stitch Master on Craig's list too, another Japanese make from the 60's, maybe from the Toyota factory? Its not at all easy to identify these Japanese makes and years because so many were made for retailers and badged over here.


It has that really stiff 70's styling, the dial controls are quite nice and easy to move. It'll need a new bobbin winder casting though. The badging is of the highest quality enameling. It's an interesting mix of quality parts,  engineering and bizarre styling.

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  1. I just picked one of these up last weekend. Mine is two-tone metallic gray, labeled a Model 155, and has no name plate. I don't think the name plate was ever installed.

    A plate on the side reads, "Manufactured for Seawol U.S.A."

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    1. These machines are very well made. I am sure u will like it. The more I work with machines the more I learn. It's difficult but I have been making time to just practice, try this... Adjust the bobbin tension 1/4 turn at a time and then change the upper thread tension and just play around. Have fun!

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  2. I have the exact stitmaster 139 shown in the picture. I have had it for about 35 years and have made simple halloween costumes and repair jobs. I once had a repair man over to clean and give it a tune up and he said what a durable machine it was. He showed me how to darn something but it was so long ago I don't remember. In this way I could go around and around without have to go just back and forth to fix torn jeans and what not. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Audrey, what you are talking about is "free hand stitching." The two up - down buttons on the right of the machine control the feed dogs; when they are in the down position the fabric will not be pulled past the needle by the feed dog teeth, you move the fabric yourself in any direction at any distance.
      I don't do free hand but have tried it... it takes practice; go slow and plan on bending or breaking a few needles.
      Good luck. Tom

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  3. Where should I go to find replacement parts? I bought a De Luxe Zig Zag Stitchmaster model 139 that is incased in a table(it folds down into it) and it didn't have the bobbin case. I am having a really hard time finding one. Any suggestions?

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  4. https://www.a1sewingmachine.com/shop/place-order/index.php

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  5. I have a working stichmasster de luxe zig zag model 139 in excellent condition and misc parts in original case for sale im asking $150.00 for everything my name is nick im in colton ca. 909-644-3153 serious buyers only plz.

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  6. I have a working stichmasster de luxe zig zag model 139 in excellent condition and misc parts in original case for sale im asking $150.00 for everything my name is nick im in colton ca. 909-644-3153 serious buyers only plz.

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