Introducing the newest member of 3 Stitch Studio! An avocado green vintage Bernina 614 mechanical sewing machine, purchased in rural Idaho for $40, now named Bernie by my daughter.
Over the last year I've become more and more interested in vintage sewing machines. The two brands I especially search the Craigslist ads for are Bernina and Singer. I love to look at the ads in hopes that someone is clearing out their grandmother's attic and unknowingly lists an amazing and pristine Bernina or Singer for dirt cheap. Hasn't happened yet, but I keep looking.
I have seen quite a few old Singers in the $50 range but so far in my area they've always looked trashed so I haven't made any calls. And as for Berninas, I haven't seen a single one (vintage or modern) for less than $300 at all.
My hubby has been in Idaho and northern Utah the past few days on business so I searched the Craigslist ads in those areas. Saw quite a few affordable older Singers (and in great shape too) but the ones I'd be interested in were all in cabinets and I'm looking mainly for portable machines with cases at the moment.
Late last night I spotted old Bernie 614 in an Idaho ad. It had only been listed 2 days before and had a very brief description. The location happened to be not far off my hubby's route home so he was a dear and swung by to check it out and then purchase it for me if it was decent.
I don't need it and it obviously has limited functionality. But I just like it and it could come in handy for basic quilt piecing or something like that. Plus, it's was so affordable and so very vintage, I couldn't pass it up!
From the very little I could find online about this model, it was made in Portugal probably in the 60s. It's a straight stitch only machine and is all metal and very sturdy. This one has some discoloration around the Bernina label, just a couple of nicks to the finish on the bed, and a couple of nicks in the electrical cords. It runs but I'll have to have the cords replaced. Hubby is going to try and if he can't do it, I'll take it to my Bernina dealer.
This is a shot of the motor mounted on the back of the machine. It's a different color green than the rest of the main body so it makes me wonder if it's original.
The foot pedal didn't have Bernina on it, so I wonder about that too. Mercury is the brand shown.
It didn't come with a manual and I can't find one online yet, but I'm assuming that this is the tension. It's quite a different look than I've seen on other machines and doesn't have numbers listed anywhere on it.
This knob is on the front right of the machine. I think it's for lowering the feed dogs.
The top and side of the machine opens. It was very clean inside and didn't have a bit of lint. Needs an oiling though.
And the scuffed and dirty case Bernie came in. Doesn't say Bernina on it, but the machine fits into it perfectly so it may be original. Not the prettiest but functional and hopefully will clean up nicely.