Juki Baby lock in green
Presumably one of the earliest domestic serger overlocker machines.
Juki factory. Made in Japan. Circa 1971.
Four thread machine, with a unique stitch unlike later overlockers. Chain stitch to the left and overlock to the right, two separate stitches.
According to a few websites, including the History of Baby Lock, chronology by year and model a Russian website. This machine was released in 1971.
This machine was given to me by a fellow VSM enthusiast. I was actually given two in identical dusty shape. The other I sent to a friend, he got it up and running. That inspired me to give this one a chance and I am glad I did.
It will never be pristine, but considering that it sews is a miracle in itself. Or is it just that these machines were built to last.
This machine had been stored in a dusty farm shed for many years. It has all-metal interior and mechanism, build on a solid cast iron chassis. The side access tray is metal (and now a bit rusted), it has an all-metal removable face plate, metal presser foot lever, solid metal handle which doubles as a thread guide. It is a heavy machine; the metal handle makes moving it very easy. The plastic external parts include the hand wheel, dive belt cover and parts of the tension knobs.
A few months after I was given this machine, I saw an ad for a free instruction manual. When I collected the manual I was excited to see if was for this machine. Not only that but inside it had another manual for this machine. A parts list. You can download both these books for free from my google drive.
Another version of the instruction book can be found on my google drive for FREE , here. I do not own the hard copy of this one, it was found for free in a FB group.
A bit of oiled sandpaper and most of the surface rust came free. Not a pristine machine by any stretch of the imagination, but a true survivor.
The unique stitch that this machine does, is shown here in this advertisment.