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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Lust and Regret: The Belvedere Adler


Object of Desire:  Belvedere Adler.  Spoiler alert:  The story has a sad ending.


WW8:  Fascinating to be able to watch everything working



I buy machines all the time and for lots of reasons. Sometimes I just feel sorry for them. There they sit, all sad and pathetic, and I know that if I don't take them home they will end up in the scrap yard. Sometimes these turn out to be wonderful machines. The Wheeler & Wilson's No. 8 was one of my all time best-buys.








 

Sometimes I want to save other people from them. That's how I ended up with three Singer 285s. The first one was a gift, and I was thrilled to play with it and examine its funky drive train. 

There was NO EXCUSE for buying the next two. None. But I was afraid some nice young person would come along and think "wow, what a cute vintage Singer" and ruin her life. 








Singer 316G, an enduring love affair



Sometimes I just fall madly in love. Madly, passionately in love. And usually this works out.




But not always.






 


In a two week period I acquired not one but two Adler Belvederes (or maybe it is Belvedere Adler). 

I would not even call this love---it was lust. Primal lust. This machine is the epitome of postwar coolness. Look at the space age silhouette. 






 
Look at the gleaming chrome. Look at the awesomeness of the dials. It should be in a movie set.

In a movie set, but NOT in a sewing room. 

Yes, it looks all postwar strong, and it is the usual horrendous weight of cast iron machines. I've been trusting unknown machines based just on the weight. This time that did not pay off. 

This gorgeous machine has a serious, life threatening defect: a geared plastic component just waiting to break. 





Of my two Belvederes, one of them is fine—so far. The other one is now a straight-stitch only machine because a gear deep inside has a big section of missing teeth.

I will be listing the working one for sale later, and the ad will link back to this posting. I'm a full disclaimer seller. The price will be low. We've got a nice movie industry here in North Carolina. Maybe someone will buy it for a movie set.


15 comments:

  1. Sometimes you just buy them because they are cool looking. I have some long bobbin machines, but, I've never sewed with any of them. Trying to wind the long bobbins just puts me off wanting to stitch with them, but, they are proudly displayed because they look so nice. That Belvidere looks so 50's cool!

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    1. I, OTOH, like to wind long bobbins. It's a bit mesmerizing.

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    2. Ditto - like winding the long bobbins - it's almost like performance art!

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  2. Yes, very nice looking machine. What were they thinking? Plastic gears deep inside?

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  3. Great post! I have never come across the Belvedere, or I'm sure I would have purchased it just for the Cool Factor. Appreciate the warning!

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  4. Yep, this post is meant to be an awful warning. Don't blindly trust the gorgeous 40-pound machine implicitly! Even if I had looked inside I probably would have missed that gear.

    I recently tested the capacity of a long bobbin, and it held ALMOST as much thread as a class 15 bobbin. that was an eye-opener for me---I had thought that they would hold much less thread.

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  5. Oh dear. I have a non-working Jolson/Nelco R-4000 that bears a strong family resemblance to the Belvedere Adler. It is so cool looking, I had to have it, but at least I only spent $25 (and gas, sigh). Well, at least now I know to be on the lookout for plastic gears!

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  6. I just love this post...you are so creative and fun! Thanks for the smiles! It's funny how the primal lust ends the moment you hear their voice and find out what's really inside!!

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  7. Have you ever thought about the possibility of making new gears via 3d printing?

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  8. But could you resist a blank and pink one?

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  9. But could you resist a blank and pink one?

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  10. I just got a Belvedere Adler machine for free but it's missing the foot pedal. I'm having no luck tracking one down. It has the odd feature of a plug on a short cord that must plug into an outlet/female end of the pedal's cord. Are you willing to sell me one from your non-functioning machine? derrydown@gmail.com

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  11. I just got a Belvedere Adler machine for free but it's missing the foot pedal. I'm having no luck tracking one down. It has the odd feature of a plug on a short cord that must plug into an outlet/female end of the pedal's cord. Are you willing to sell me one from your non-functioning machine? derrydown@gmail.com

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