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Borletti New Home 2000 Zig-Zag NSMCO 70 Sewing Machine S/N ZZ34792 Machine, cabinet with integral chair, manual, and lot of accessories The machine itself is marked as follows: Borletti New Home, with the greyhound and Light Running logo NSMCO Model 70 The manual indicates this is a Fratelli Borletti Model 2000 Rotary ZZ (which I believe stands for zig-zag), made in Italy Thanks goes to a fellow eBay member for the following info: "A tiny bit of info on this machine: National imported this Borletti machine so they could offer a zig zag machine. National had already been selling it's 3/4 size machines to the Free Sewing Machine Company which made the New Home machines. The Free Sewing Machine company purchsed this machine from National and badged it as a New Home. Free had purchased New Home in the late 1920's and by 1930 all machines with the New Home name were Free sewing machines. National did not merge with New Home as New Home was just a name owned by the Free Sewing Machine Company." I was able to determine that Borletti machines were marketed in the U.S. under the New Home name, at least during the 1950's when the 1102 was popular. The Borletti product was apparently one of the first modern looking sewing machines. It may be appropriate to characterize it as mid-century modern in design. The designer of the 1102 (which came out in 1956 and had a rounded rather than flat end) won industrial design awards for it. So I think this machine is from the mid- to late-1950's. The dark olive (or maybe avacado) certainly suggests this to me. The cabinet is clever in that it has an integral chair that slides into the cabinet and becomes part of it, so that it looks like a finished cabinet when it's all closed up. The chair upholstery matches the sewing machine and I believe is original to the machine (and vice-versa). T is also a matching parts box included. The chair has two rollers under the front edge to assist in it rolling out from under the machine. Under the seat is found a pile of various parts, pieces, thread, and accessories as well as the manual. See the pictures for what is included. The machine has two power cords coming out of it that plug into a duplex outlet mounted inside the case. A knee control is mounted to that outlet, as is a power socket on the back. A power cord plugs into your wall outlet and into that socket in the back. Everything except the power cord appears to be all original. When closed up the cabinet measures 21" wide x 17" deep x 31" high overall
Condition : GNL Designs Vintage specializes in old dusty antiques and collectibles which will generally have light cosmetic marks, grime, scratches, dings and such from time in use over the years. Anything unusual will be noted below.
Great overall. Minor scratches and similar marks can be found and t on the cabinet and chair. T are a couple of small spot gouges on the front as well. The machine, which looks great except for a rub to the left side of the New Home logo, powers up and seems to be running fine. A piece of cloth was stitched by the previous owner to show this. I found out that if you have the plugs switched in the outlet inside the cabinet the machine will run continually when plugged in. Switch them and the light is powered all the time and the machine runs when you use the knee control. The only issue is when I go to rotate the machine down into the cabinet to put it away it slips out of its mounts. One socket the mount slips into has a set screw but the other doesn't, so this is an issue that will need to be dealt with unless you want to take the ma...