Capital sewing machine

I found an old sewing machine cabinet that had a Capital sewing Machine in it. Dose anyone here know what it would be worth or when they made these machines. It had a model no I think was a 300 but it didn't have the date on it. They wanted $30 for it. It looks to be a 1960's or 50's maybe. I have never heard of that brand of machine before. Thanks in advance
Reply to
Sew Like Crazy
There are a lot of "brand" names on sewing machines, but not so many manufacturers, so you'll find lots of names that nobody has heard of. Often, a department store contracted to have their name put on machines to sell in their stores - if they did this over a few years, there might be as many manufacturers involved as years of sales.
Usually, the best way to proceed is to look at pictures of machines to see who made one with the same details. Then you have a chance of finding attachments, instructions, etc.
You don't say what kind of machine this is - straight stitch only, or zigzag. The earlier straight stitch machines generally came from White, National, and maybe one or two other companies. The later straight stitch and zigzag machines were usually made in Japan by start-up companies, but "clones" of American machines.
Look at the ISMACS site if it's an older machine. Use Google.com to find sites with pictures of later machines. There is a lot of information out there.
Good luck.
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Joanne
wrote:
Capital/Capitol and several others were made in Japan in the 50's and 60's. They are rather sturdy machines often based on a Singer model machine. Lift the machine up to see if there is a name stamped on the base. Often these are made by the 'Happy' machine company in Japan who badged machines for several dept stores in the 50-60's. $30 seems a fair price for a working machine. Make sure it all works first.
Reply to
Hanna's Mom
Thanks everyone for the input. It has a zigzag stitch. I will have to go back to the shop I saw it in and see if it has a maker name on it.
Reply to
Sew Like Crazy
I have a Capitol which I purchased new about 1969 and it is model 900. I believe it was about $400 then, which was a lot of money in 1969! It is very difficult to get any information on these machines today.
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BJConnolly
Thanks for replying to this sixteen (16+) plus year old thread. We were wondering when you'd show up and share this information with the group.
Reply to
ItsJoanNotJoann
For any others who dredge-up this thread - and are interested in a vintage Capitol machine - try a google image search - perhaps "vintage viking sewing" and see if the Capitol is a clone of any of the Viking machines ... Not everyone here is going to ridicule your efforts. John T.
Reply to
hubops
I ridiculed her reply to a 16+ year old thread that she dredged up that no one had asked about. If someone had actually asked about this particular machine it would be different. The last person that had asked about this model was Sew Like Crazy on October 02, 2003 (10/02/03).
Apparently the sites that monitor many of these groups have posters who are incapable of reading the dates of the threads they so eagerly reply to. The threads some 25+ years ago and replied to are always entertaining as well.
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ItsJoanNotJoann
Do you have the instruction manual that came with the machine? My grandmother passed away and I have her machine, but have no idea how to use it. I have a brother computerized machine myself. I don’t want to give this machine away or trash it
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Shyenda

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