In 1979 Ruby was the last mechanical sewing machine manufactured by Husqvarna. She was the top of the line and retailed for $1200 USD.
In February 2010 I bought her online from a person in Montreal (as a birthday present to me) based on only one very poor photograph. Ruby has eight plastic cams that fit into a shaft on her backside to make fancy decorative and utility stitches.
When she arrived here, one of her eight cams was broken and another was missing. There were no accessories or manual. The worse part was that after I cleaned her up she would not sew. The transmission that drives the needlebar was worn out. I could not find anyone in Brandon to fix her so I packed her up and shipped her to the Dominion Sewing Centre in Sudbury, Ontario. I just got her back a few weeks ago.
Dominion Sewing rebuilt the transmission, replaced the entire top tension mechanism, fixed the buttonholer, the needle up/down feature, replaced the bottom screws that hold the motor and plug outlet in place and replaced the right side panel where the light switch and bobbin winder are. After all this work Ruby was shipped back to me as good as new.
electronic copy of the manual on-line and printed it.
This is a small scrap sample of a few of Ruby's stitches.
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