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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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