I found a Janome Model #539 at a Thrift Shop. It is very simple w/ just basic tension dial, 0-4 stitch length dial and the zig-zag option is numbers displayed. Made in Japan. There is a face plate that says "Vogue Stitch." The only sign of it being a Janome is on the back of the machine. None of the attachments, or instruction booklet are included. It is in a cabinet. Attached at the back with hinges. The base has dainty feet.
I am in the process of looking for a simple vintage (1950's-very early 1960's) sewing machine that has built in zig-zag. I have heard that modern Janomes are great machines. But I do not know if the same goes for vintage. I was hoping someone may know about this machine. How hard or easy would it be to find the attachments and instruction book? About how old is it? Pricing at this Thrift Shop are "at-will" donations. Should I buy it w/out the "extras." How much would be a good donation, for someone on a budget?
Thanx in advance!
Hi Flower, I was intrigued by your find so went hunting to see what I could find. I visited sites that reprint old machine manuals, but none had even a whisper of a machine called the Vogue, or 539. Then I looked for spares for "older" machines, again no mention of a 539 in the Janome range. So tempting as it may seem, I think you would be better off buying a mechanical machine with just straight stitch and zigzag. Most manufacturers have them, and they are nowhere near as expensive as their computerised cousind.
I just bought a Janome model 539 & it came with an instruction book,
alas mine has a broken wire in the foot pedal, so i googled "janome model 539" & found a web site for spare parts & all they had for the 539 was ... INSTRUCTION BOOKS,
I say buy it ! im a young male & it seems simple enough for me to use & apparently they are very reliable