Friday, November 20, 2009

Premier DeLuxe Model 1953

This post is mostly for my own sanity. I purchased this Premier DeLuxe Model 1953 sewing machine many years ago for 5$ at a yard sale. I only
bought it because it was portable (but I wouldn't want to port it
around too much!) and it can sew thru many layers of denim, something I've found newer machines not always able to do. Every time I go to use it and decide to change thread color, I rip the spool off before I remember that this is a b@#$%tch to re-thread. It threads NOTHING like the Singer cabinet machine I have of this same era (or earlier). I've sewn with this machine quite a bit, mostly papercraft stuff, and am not sure I've ever had it threaded correctly. I've searched the web but haven't found much on this machine, until one day I found an Ebay auction for this very machine. And I struck gold as it had pictures of the machine THREADED! I finally got mine threaded, in a way I have never done before, and I think it sews better than ever now. Imagine that! The machine on Ebay was going for 100$, so I think I got a bargain, so to speak.
Since I have finally successfully threaded this antique, I took some
pictures of it and am posting them here so I can 1) easily find them
in the future and 2) maybe help someone else thread their vintage gem.

11 comments:

Lynn said...

Fonda - that machine is so cool. I just got one, too. But not nearly as nice as yours.

Thanks for taking a class in Ankeny. Your work is awesome!

Ma said...

I think I'd rather untlangle a wad of fishing line!

Janet said...

How cool is that?! Does it have a foot trundle thingie? It looks a lot like the machine my grandma had, although I think hers was even older. What a great deal you found!

Happy T-Day, Fonda!

emily said...

I have my grandmother's and I too forgot how to rethread and haven't used it in five years. I love to decorate with it because it's such a beautiful machine. Thanks so much for the great pictures!!!

robert flores said...

I to love my premier model 1953 but 2 weeks ago i busted the round drive belt do u know where i could find this part who slls them i havent found any one hopeing u can help me with this

Fonda said...

I took the belt off my machine and it appears to be this belt here:
Stretch Belt #TB-100 (PD)(820)(E-Z 6"to 7") 13"
on this web page:
http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland.com/store/page101.html

According to their E-Z measure system, my belt is about 6 inches, so I think this one would work.
Good Luck!!

Anonymous said...

i have a 1953 premier deluxe and i need a belt made in japan looks like yours.Also need a manuel for it. Where can i get one

-none- said...

Hey, I found one of these beauties at goodwill the other day. I'm in the process of restoring it. If you want some more information, these machines were built after WWII in Japan, as knockoff versions of the popular Singer sewing machines at the time. Not surprisingly, the Japanese machines have a reputation for smoother stitching and more reliability. Many of these machines are the kind you would find with a Sears or Macys logo, instead of Premier. Mine's a 1953, and I'm redoing the paint/decals, as well as the wiring. Odd coincidence, I live in Iowa City!

Wanda/Montana said...

I also need a manual. My machine looks like it has never been used and has so many feet it is amazing. However, no manual. Anyone got a clue where to locate one?

John Thomas said...

John in NC says...
I just picked up a FREE Home Electric Deluxe 1953 Model on the Wilmington, NC, CL! It also appears to be a semi-knock-off of a Singer 221 Featherweight. I am going to restore it and add it to my collection. If anyone has any info on a manual, please post it or send me a link to j3thomas@northstate.net. Thanks to "Just us, in Iowa" for posting pictures on how to thread it.

Taffy Staggs said...

Found a 1954 same...in Arkansas. Excited. Where did anyone find parts. Excited. Paid $40 but case is in not so good condition.