Look what came home with me yesterday!
This is a vintage Brother Festival 451 in watermelon pink. I haven’t been able to get the machine out of it’s cabinet to find the serial number yet, but I Googled it and here’s what I found on ehow:
The vintage Brother Festival 451 sewing machine was a colorful basic machine produced in the 1950s and 60s. It was meant for the modern sewer and boasted bright exterior finishes that ranged from a tan to a bright pink. Beneath the mod coloring, the machine’s metal shuttle hook and motor system was built to last. If you are lucky enough to find a workable one at a garage sale or flea market, buy it knowing the machine is still capable of proving itself a workshorse for everyday sewing tasks.
Here’s her backside (oh, she’s blushing…isn’t that cute!)
She runs like a dream. All metal parts (of course). She smells like oil and ozone when running, so I’m guessing that maybe she’s from the earlier run off the production line rather than the later? (I’ll let you know as soon as I uncover her serial number). I paid $50 at the thrift store, and she came fully serviced. She also came with an instruction manual.
It’s fun to see the notes people write in their manuals. This one was well used. The previous owner also was apparently interested in some of the embroidery features on the machine since I found this inside:
And a good heavy metal foot pedal (I adore my new Janome, but I have to admit that the lightweight plastic foot pedal is a pain in the rear – give me an old fashioned heavy pedal like this one, please!)
She is already best friends with my Janome 2030QDC. In fact, they are almost twins! They both do exactly the same stitches.
Exactly. The. Same.
Except the Brother is mechanical and the Janome is electronic. And the Janome even has a pink face! 🙂
The vintage Sister (I know, I know…it’s a Brother. But doesn’t “sister” sound nicer?) will need a cabinet. Either that or it will live in it’s travel case. It doesn’t free -stand. Here are some cabinets on the back of the owners manual: