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I was given for my birthday a very old Kenmore Zig Zag Deluxe (bought at a garage sale for $25) that was supposedly the first model that was both electric and foot pedal adaptable. The machine itself is ilight blue/metalic (of the 50s period I think). It is one of the ones that you have to pull up to open. I have all the original parts including the button attachments, the old metal oiler, instructions for the foot pedal, kes, zipper instructions, needles... everything. It works just fine on a simple stich on both electric and pedal but I was wondering about the year it was made and if there is a manual on how to actually use it properly with all the attachments. The wooden base is very intricate and the brass handles say ''New Williams''. The iron work looks to have HAC? worked into it on both sides of the iron base. Any ideas where I could get more information or where to look on the machine or base to find a date or manufacturing stamp? Thanks!

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Oh, fantastic!! These old sewing machines are just wonderful, and being all metal, will continue to work for years and years. Here are a couple of websites to check out:

http://zigzaggers.typepad.com/zigzaggers/
(reviews of old machines by people who love them and use them)

http://www.ismacs.net/home.html
(vintage, antique, and rare sewing machines)

http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/

http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/

http://www.treadleandcrank.com/

(the last one focuses on treadle and crank machines, but still is interesting.)

Happy sewing!

Robbie

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