September 7, 2011

Brother (Capital)

The Capital is a straight stitch version of the Select - O - Matic. It's called a Super - Streamliner... so 50's. Brother seemed to make many machines for others to market but never hid the fact that it was after all still a Brother.

It cleaned up beautifully and I learned a few new things about timing a machine. strangely enough what appears to be a top cover is actually just a paint line; the designers kept the theme while making a much simpler machine to manufacture. This one has beautiful Art Deco styled decals that the  Select - O - Matic does not. 

The sews as well as expected and stitch length indicator is cool. The reason I wanted a straight stitch machine is as I learned that having the small hole instead of the ZZ slot makes sewing stretchy leather possible since the material does not get stretched down into the hole and mess up the lock stitch.

Nice toupee!



  1. I'm looking at a Capital machine, but its design is similar to a Necchi, with levers for needle position and stitch length. Do you know anything about these machines?

    1. Hey Molly, not sure that Necchi ever name branded machines for other companies but it is entirely possible. If it looks like a big brand then it most likely is and that's where I would look to understand it.