October 30, 2011

Morse 4400 Fotomatic IV

1967 Morse 4400 Fotomatic IV. This one has been on my list for a while. It took 4 - 5 hours of cleanup and except for the minimal scratches it came out great and really sews well.


It's so crazy looking but is a real testament to the engineering talent / eccentricity at White. It reminds me of those Pachinko machines we heard about.


By the late 60's car styling had become very hard edged and still quite creative inside and out. Fed Reg's had not yet started to homogenize design so things like the 1966 Thunderbird were aggressive and flamboyant.


For some reason I really like the "tail fin" speed form leading up to the hand wheel. 

11.14.11
A little update on sewing with the Fotomatic; it is very sure footed, it starts thru most anything without help. I have no idea why this particular machine is different than the others because let's face it... it is another Japanese machine from the 60's. Regardless it just goes thru my light weight leather without a fault. A strange thing does occur occasionally, the bobbin thread jumps out of the diagonal slot , when this happens the everything goes out of whack but from the top things look OK so you need to catch this early. This may not be a 4400 problem, just a bobbin case problem?




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13 comments:

  1. Hi Tom,
    Your Fotomatic is a gorgeous sewing machine. I love, love the royal blue colour. What do your stitches look like on the bottom side? Is it possible the bobbin tension screw needs a little tightening? Or perhaps the bobbin is inserted backyards. The bobbin thread should pull off the bobbin counter clockwise.

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  2. does anyone know what size needle fits the Fotomatic 4400?

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    1. Hi, they take the standard needle for all domestic machines. You must pay attention to the allignment: the groove in the needle always aims away from the bobbin case.

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  3. Hi Tom! I just pulled out my Morse Photomatic Auto Zig Zag machine. I'm going to have it serviced and put it back in service! I've been using an Elna 1010 my daughters gave me 10 years ago. I like it fine but I'm doing quilting now and I think my old machine just might be better for that. For sure it's stronger, sturdier and it used to sew like a dream. Hope I can find a good place to service the old lady! I bought it new around 1972 to make baby clothes.

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    1. That is so great, the old machine comes around again. It's a little tricky to switch machines but it also makes you learn and think about how they function; all for the better.
      Any old timer can give these things a tune-up, good luck!

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  4. I want one of these so badly, I can scarcely stand it. I have a Morse 7200, purchased new in 1972 and that machine has been a real work horse. I think your 4400 is just stunning to look at. I'm sure it hums, just like a Toyota.

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    1. They are more rare than I originally thought, I haven't seen many of them either.
      I could let this one go, make me an offer.

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  5. Do you still have this machine? Any chance you would pop the top off and take some detailed photos for me so I can compare with the one I'm trying to fix? At least two amateurs before me have worked on this machine, and so I'd like to see a good example of what it's supposed to look like on the inside. If you're up for it, I'm going to post a photo set of the parts of mine I'm suspecting. Similarly angled comparison shots would be lovely. I'll send cookies. :-)

    -jennifer

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    1. sorry for the delay, I shot the pics this morning and will try to get them posted tomorrow. Tom

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    2. Hey Jennifer, I can send pics direct if you email me at trc3@chrysler dot com

      thanks, Tom

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    3. I am using my son's account to respond, but if anyone is interested, I have a Morse Fotomatic IV 4400, and I live four hours away from Chico, Ca.

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    4. Meant to include my email: laura@orcacellular.com

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  6. Hi Tom, I have one of these beauty's and I am having that problem with the bobbin case popping out , can you tell me what I can do to stop it from doing that ? Thanks so much .. Lisa honorablecharm@yahoo.com

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