Here’s how I’m going to learn: It’s an early 60’s(?) Japanese ‘Clone’ zig-zag machine called “The White House’. Aparently, these were styled and branded like crazy; I think mine is named for the department store in San Fransisco. I picked it up cheaply off Craigslist. The 1950’s styling and the fact that it worked sold me.
Teal hammertone paint with a gold and silver ‘dashboard’? Gobs of non-pitted chrome? Mechanically solid? Sign me up!
I’ve cleaned it up and put in a heavy-duty needle and thread so I can sew thicker, upholstery-type materials. I’m not going to pretend that this is some industrial walking-foot machine that I *really* want, but more something to just get a feel with.
If anyone is doing a web search for this machine, here are some details of the markings:
Here’s a link I found to a quilting forum when I was trying to find info on the machine: CLICK!
Tons of info there- it’s really cool to see all the retro designs.
If I ever get the guts to try and make something rather than just practicing making stitches on jean scraps, I’ll post up!