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Adler Optima 189--head only--made in Germany. This thing is still frozen solid, despite all my efforts. I understand that these are amazingly well-made, smooth machines, but I'm over it. This machine comes with the original manual and accessories. Please keep in mind that this machine is large and heavy.

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Is that an early version with all metal gears? I have a Phoenix 283F a free arm version, and I'm suspecting it must have a relation to the Adler brand (other than the bird names). There are a few version of the 189 class, and I think the number has something to do with the bobbin case, hook and race system. A guy I know has a Adler 189 with cams and fancy stretchy stitches, his machine has a couple of plastic gears, so does my Phoenix. Some report back their Adler and Phoenix models are all metal, if that's the case with yours it's a pluss in my book and I guess a few others too.  Either way, they run very nicely with a few plastic gears too, I can't say I complain much since some of my favorite zigzaggers have a few plastic gears (Berninas)

You have detected all oil points, oiled and oiled for days, wiggled the hand wheel and still nothing happens?
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Given that I've poked and prodded every inch of that thing, I can confidently say it's all metal. I've oiled and oiled and oiled. Sat it in 100+ degree sunshine. Oiled and oiled and oiled. Applied direct heat. Scrubbed everything with alcohol, then oiled and oiled and oiled. More heat. More oil.

Just shoot me now.

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That's a VERY cool machine! Luvin' it here!
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All I can say is, it probably needs more oil LOL :- )

I've had two screws stuck for years, literally. I could just leave them and still use the machine, clean and oil the rest. However, with regular oiling, using the machine they suddenly came loose, no effort at all to turn them when I happen to try it later on. Maybe try a different oil. I'm just thinking out lound, and the next owner will reap the benefits of your oiling. Maybe it's a setting combination that locks the machine?

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This is Barny.  I've never had an Adler, but, I know sometimes when I have a reverse handle raised my
machine won't reverse.  Do they have a belt?  Have you checked all the gears closely?  Ha, just a few
questions.  I love to go into a machine and check everything.  That is a pretty one.  Don't give up.




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It will be a sought after machine I'm sure. Those all metal zigaggers are worth the effort, and flat bed in a cabinet is very nice to work on. There's an essential oil called wintergreen, with a substance called methylsalicyate. It's rust and grime loosing poperties was randomly discovered a few years ago, and now they have identified the active substance. I think they even make it synthetically. I think some spray can stuff have it added these days, and wintergreen is  luckily not a very expensive essential oil.I was reminded of this last night when I checked a post at a vintage yahoo group.
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But I don't wanna. I only bought the blasted thing to gain more experience with a wider variety of brands, and instead, it's severely dented my confidence. I never intended to keep it, and I'm about ready to chuck it in the nearest dumpster.
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If I could pick up the Head only on my way to or from Corvallis, I'd free it up just for the Challenge/Fun of it.
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You'd be welcome to it, with my blessing. Unfortunately, I don't know to get it to Corvallis. That's a solid eight hour drive.


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Did you turn it on it's back, oil, soak a week or two, turm, oil, soak? I have a pfaff that took six months off and on more or less but it got enough oil the broken needle bit finally floated out and wow did that machine ever turn sweet. Then clean off the oil. There is no telling what little tiny bit of dried oil or rust is blocking it. It could be anywhere on the trail.
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Oh man.  An Adler.  *Drool.  Too bad I am so far away, I'd love it and have a blast getting it unfrozen.  I bet the bobbin area has a tiny thread stuck somewhere.  

I just got an Adler 189A before I left this week to come south.  I can't wait to get home and play with it.  Mines the same cool green color but takes the cams.  I hope someone here can get it running.  They are supposed to very very sweet machines.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by SewEsoteric
Given that I've poked and prodded every inch of that thing, I can confidently say it's all metal. I've oiled and oiled and oiled. Sat it in 100+ degree sunshine. Oiled and oiled and oiled. Applied direct heat. Scrubbed everything with alcohol, then oiled and oiled and oiled. More heat. More oil.

Just shoot me now.

Looks like you tried kissing it too 😉
[Adler]
(the lipstick traces above the "Optima")

That is a nice machine. Too bad Idaho is so far from Ontario or I'd grab it.

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Looks like you tried kissing it too 😉
[Adler]
(the lipstick traces above the "Optima")

That is a nice machine. Too bad Idaho is so far from Ontario or I'd grab it.

Ha! The last thing on my mind was kissing this machine. That pink stuff was gooey, and cleaned off well. Only to unveil a deep scratch beneath it.

I don't know which Ontario you mean, though I assume it's Canada. A friend of mine snagged the machine before I chucked it in the bin, so it's no longer in my possession. :-)


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