I have a good excuse this time but I'm not telling you until later.
The Necchi Supernova BU. If you've been following since the beginning you might recall I sold a Supernova Automatica (pictured at right) and you may have wondered why. Honestly I've been asking myself the same question lately. Then I remember it had a few issues, a vibration at a certain speed, cord that was designed to be in a cabinet, and a habit of slowly changing stitch length while you sewed. The Supernova BU had none of these issues even though they were essentially almost the same machine.
I emailed the seller and she said it was missing it's famously complete two layer accessory box. (pictured at right) I also noticed by the photos that it had an after market foot controller. In a way this machine had three things going against it. The cabinet that would prevent shipping and require a vehicle big enough to pick it up. The missing accessory box can cost up to $75 to replace, and the foot controller not being original. Since I can't fit my legs under the cabinet I'll be getting rid of it and using the machine on my work table. I already own a complete accessory box, and I happen to not like the original Necchi controller (pictured at right). Who decided it would be a good idea to make you push this little black button to control the machine? It's also very uncomfortable to use without shoes on. The point is that I talked her down to $50 and we made the deal.
-Edit- I just realized since I wrote this that I forgot mention the little old lady I bought this machine form had had it for over 20 years and never sewn a single stitch on it. I think we could consider this a barn find!
This new addition came with a few accessories that were mostly designed for some other short shank machine and some class 66 bobbins that had seen better days. It did come with some of my favorite Necchi class 15 bobbins and that did make me happy. These little beauties are made of aluminum and precision machined to be perfectly round and true. They fit inside the bobbin cases so nicely and the thread feeds like a dream. Granted they're a little harder to get wound since there's no hole to hold the thread tail but you can't have everything right?
You're still asking why. Why why why...... Well I'll tell you but only enough to hold you off till tomorrow. I'm about to be sewing up some jeans and I like to use two different colors of top stitching thread. The Supernova is the only machine I've found that will handle the super heavy thread I use in the bobbin. Having two machines threaded with different colors of thread is a luxury I can afford, especially if it's only $50!
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