This is Gretchen.
|1963 Husqvarna Zig Zag 19E|
She is a 1963 (damn, that was a good year...) Husqvarna Zig Zag 19E machine. I did a bit of research and came up with the following. She was made in 1963 which was nearing the end of the full metal jacket era of sewing machines for Husqvarna. A few years after that machines started to incorporate plastic bodies. She has zig zag capabilities as well as three needle positions and you can drop the feed dogs by a flick of a switch. She has an extended sewing bed - which is all metal. She also has a completely independent bobbin winder on the right hand side that once the bobbin is fed onto the reel disengages the needle. When the bobbin is filled, the needle engages again automatically. Pretty cool for 1963. She was built to compete against the Singer Featherweight and was rather expensive for her day. One blogger purchased this machine with it's original sales receipt still inclosed which in 1963 was a staggering $345 dollars!
When I purchased Gretchen (I named her Gretchen because she looks like one, don't you think?) the capacitor in her foot pedal had gone which caused the needle to run at full speed and couldn't be stopped when the foot was plugged in. I took her to the sewing machine hospital and had a full service done on her. She's now working good as new and I just love her.
You may ask, did I need another machine? LOL of course not! But I really think when an opportunity to get such a beautiful vintage machine presents itself, you have to take it. It was love at first sight.