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Help with my new old machine?

learningmynecchi | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi! I have this machine, found in a yardsale. It’s a Necchi “Nora” model. Pretty old, I would say.

It has removable cams that you put in the top of the machine. does anyone out there know how to operate one of these? I ordered a manual but I can’t wait!!!

It sews with no cams in place, but the top tension is too tight, I think the thread loops on the bottom.

Advice? I’d love it!!!


  1. GailAnn | | #1

    I had a machine that used cams, way back in the 60's I loved it.  You "kinda" of had to "pump" the cams to get them in the correct position, as I recall, but I used that machine until I left home.  Then my younger sister claimed it.

    Probably it will need to go into the shop for cleaning, oiling, and adjusting, before you will be able to use it successfully.  Somehow, when sewing machines are left to sit awhile, they seem to get "out of whack".  Gail

    1. learningmynecchi | | #3

      Do you think this is why the bobbin thread keeps bunching up? I tried all kinds of tension adjustments. Also, this is when I was sewing with no cams on the top. It sewed, but the longer I sewed the more messed up it got.

      Is it OK to sew with none of the cams in place? Or is there a straight-stitch cam that should be up there? Or does the thing just need a tune-up?

      Thanks for letting me pick your brain!

      1. Ralphetta | | #4

        I can tell you are really excited and I feel  like a grump telling you this but I had a Necci with cams and it was one long nightmare of tension problems.  They would repair it and within weeks I would have to take it back.  I hated that machine with a passion.  I don't remember the cams being difficult to deal with, it was the tension that would leave me screaming.

        Even the best companies makes an occasional lemon, so maybe mine was the exception and yours will work great.

        1. learningmynecchi | | #7

          Hmm. thanks for the tip. I have my good old Kenmore for backup!

          1. Ralphetta | | #8

            I really wasn't trying to be negative and put a damper on things, it just brought back really awful memories.  And, if the problem persisted, I wanted you to know it might not be a result of anything you were doing.  I'll try to think positive thoughts about your machine and keep my fingers crossed for you.

          2. learningmynecchi | | #11

            No sweat! I've got a little PTSD from my last attempt to sew. I'm just trying to see if I can make it work. Thanks for your interest and willingness to share.--Linda

          3. MaryinColorado | | #12

            hmm, post traumatic stitching disorder?  I know what you mean, mine was caused by trying to "fit" patterns to this midlife figure!  Mary

      2. GailAnn | | #5

        Try for the tune-up.  I think it should straight stitch without any cams in place.  Gail

        1. learningmynecchi | | #6


      3. Josefly | | #9

        I have an old Singer that uses cams. I always have a cam in the machine, usually the plain zig-zag cam, but if the stitch-width selector is on "S" (for straight stitch; the width range varies from S, 1, 2, ...,5), no matter what cam is installed, the stitch is straight. I wonder if yours has a similar system.I suspect the other posters are right, that your Necchi needs a tune-up. If you haven't already, you might double-check the threading, though. Can you see the tension discs on your machine? When your presser-foot lever is down, and you try to pull on the thread through the needle, does it come through freely or is there some resistance, as there should be if the tension is engaged? Good luck with it. I still have a lot of fun with my old workhorse.

        1. learningmynecchi | | #10

          Thank you. This is a  great forum. Lots of wisdom and helpfulness! --Linda

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    I have a machine with cams, a Kenmore, and it makes the most awesome buttonholes. The cam stitches are beautiful as well. All I have to do is put the cam on a pin and thats it. I bet your machine will be a workhorse. Its also great to have a backup machine in case anything goes wrong with your primary machine. solo

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