Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lost and Found

It's always fun to find a good sewing machine tucked away on a shelf, looking a bit neglected (with a low price tag!). That's the story behind the Morse 6100, a terrific sewing machine that has gotten very little press. Here's the one I found at Goodwill last week:

Morse 6100
I recognized this machine immediately because I already had one that came in perfect condition, carrying case, box of accessories, and box of 21 cams for decorative stitches. No so with this one that only came with it's power cord and foot control. Actually, you could tell it came straight from a cabinet because the foot control had an added lever for knee control and the bottom wasn't there because it had been mounted inside a cabinet. I have a few others with missing bottom plates and it's a bit annoying because you really can't  just set them on the carpeting with the carbon contacts exposed. You need another control or to put the whole works into a cabinet. No problem, I have many cabinets! It was also missing the front plates on two of the dials but that's okay, too, because I have another machine to compare it to. She came home with me and sat on the floor while I took care of another situation (maybe it was Bernina day when I was given a 730?).

I finally get back to the Morse and give her a nice cleaning, quite a bit of oil, and grease on one gear. She starts to run pretty nice, a bit loud still, but she sews a very nice stitch. I get out the other Morse 6100 and try out some of the cams in this machine and she works great. How do I get just the right cams for this model when there is nothing written up about her? No trace on ebay? I try a search with just the terms "sewing machine cams" and it produces a huge number of listings but I'm patient and find the same ones! Exactly the same box, I compare to my other set: perfect match. But they are $30, way too much to complete this sewing machine. I ask the seller if they will take $20 but no reply so now I've insulted them. Sigh.

Stopping by a different Goodwill this week (yes, I visit 3 on a regular basis) I walk through the aisles and spot a cam box and accessory box taped together. I can't believe it. My heart starts to race. I open it up and yes, yes, yes it's the Morse 6100 cams!  No price sticker but there is quite a bit of tape wrapped around them. Oh yea, they were supposed to be with my machine but somehow got separated. They price them for me at $5 and I'm a very happy camper, practically singing my way out the door. Here's a few photos of what the Morse 6100 can do:
Cam case and accessory box
21 cams for special stitches

First attempts with a cleaned up Morse 6100
Now the lost has been found, put to the test, and measured for a cabinet. So many to choose from, which one will it be? I found one in the back of the garage that we kept all winter because it was just to nice to give away. It would fit in that one, a nice desk model and don't all those cams and accessories just beacon for a desk? Let's try it out:

Mores 6100 in desk cabinet
Not bad, huh?

17 comments:

Carin Pease said...

I love it when things come together like this. Finding the right cams if you don't know exactly what to look for can be such a crap shoot.

Cari

Karen said...

Cari, you are so right but read today's post about finding the right cams. Always keep looking and hoping!

amanda culp said...

I a 6100 bought it at goodwill got all 21 cams but no instructions manual and it threads different than my any I have used and im not sure what settings to use upon your searching did you find any resources with any instructions on how to use it

Karen said...

SewUSA has threading diagrams for most sewing machines and I found one for the Morse 6400 that looks similar: http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diagrams/Threading_Pages/Morse_Sewing_Machine_Threading/Morse_6400_threading_Diagram.htm

Dabbling in this'n'that und Allerlei said...

I have exactly the same sewing machine and was looking for more info for quite some time- I finally found your page ! But I have not found more info on the Morse 6100, do you have any links ? The weird thing is that on my machine it says "Viking" and nowhere does it say Morse. Any ideas about that ?

Karen said...

That I can't answer for you but will try and research the connection between Viking and Morse. Isn't this fun?

Karen said...

Now I see an ad on CL/Minneapolis for a Viking/White so they must have had connections between companies. Morse, White: when is a Viking only a product of Sweden?

Dabbling in this'n'that und Allerlei said...

My machine was purchased in Canada, maybe at Sears. Still searching for a connection between it and the Morse. Thank you for your replies, much appreciated.

Unknown said...

Karen, in Canada The Eatons compny had a house brand for appliances called Viking.This included badged Japanese made machines.Many of the Vikings were like White ,Morse, and Imperial.If you scroll through the Deluxe sewing machine manual at sewingmachinemanual.net you will find the manual for this machine.

Sanni said...

In industry models of appliances are created then sold to major distributors. Minor cosmetic changes are requested by those distributors to differentiate their brand. My RED, Imperial sewing machine was purchased from Eatons in 1970! I suspect your BLUE was created for the Morse brand.

Niki said...

I need help ......my grandmother gave me her morse 6100 and my tension is all out of wack the top tread is really loose and is causeing my bobbin not even get caught ive cleaned it up and have tried but I feel a little lost have always used a brother

Karen said...

Oh, Niki, you need more help than I can give you in this tiny reply box! Please email your question to me and let's see if I can help you sort this all out.

Barbara said...

I have just acquired a Stradivaro Super Dial Model 9000 which matches the Morse 6100 and the Imperial 919. I've looked for a manual via internet and can't locate under any of these names. Any ideas where to find manual and cams?

Karen said...

I wish I did know how to find one for you but at this point Google is your friend. This is made a bit easier when you have more than one name for a model so you can try searching under either name.

Barbara said...

I did find the manual at sewingmachinemanual.net. It is under the Deluxe Zig Zag category and it is Manual #38 and labeled as SPL 9000. Thanks to the 'unknown' post in this blog that gave me a clue. Now on to search for a service manual and the cams. Thanks.

Unknown said...

I have a Morse 6100 and looking for cams for it. Do you by any chance have a set for sale? I bought the machine and a huge cabinet for $25 and it sews like a dream. Very well cared for machine but the cams were missing. Gloria Jones email, gloriawardjones@yahoo.com

Karen said...

Sorry, but I do not have cams for this model of sewing machine. Wish I did!