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I was given this Anker RZ today.  It's pretty rough and a few parts are missing, but if any of you can use any of the parts you see on it, let me know.  I'll keep it around for a week or two before I strip anything I think might be useful off it and then scrap the rest.
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SO VERY too new for me, but very cool!!!  Thanks for your generosity. 
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I've cleaned up worse looking machines.
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That double tension looks really interesting. Who was it that just went through an Anker? Was it bkay? Needed parts, I think. I'll look through the old threads after I get some cough meds. Dying here!
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No, it was Lauri (Imsimcoe) who was looking for a faceplate. That was in July, so she may have it by now. Hers had only the single tension. Someone else was talking about the double tension machine...
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TwassG has a database of Anker serial numbers, etc. I'm sure she'd appreciate getting that info from you, Dave!
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Hi to all. I'm new to this forum and haven't posted before but I must add that I have had a couple of early RZ Ankers and find them a superb machine that sew effortlessly and are very smooth.... a testament to fine German engineering. I have uploaded a couple of pics of one of my machines.
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Welcome, swampy! Your machine is gorgeous!
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Very nice.  If mine was anywhere near that, or even just complete, it wouldn't be going for scrap.
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Dave, you might not want to hear that but you should really consider working on that Anker RZ. It's a shame that you are so far away. I would snatch it in a heartbeat and walk around grinning like madly.

It's a really nice machine, sturdy and reliable. It was Ankers topselling model during the 1930's. That double-tension assembly was not a common outfit but a special order. There was a special double-needle holder and an assortment of feet for pin-tucking/ cording (?).
Given the look of your machine I do expect it to be one of the later ones, probably the anniversary edition. If you give me the serial number I can check it in our database.


Swampy, welcome and your machine is gorgeous!! I love, love, love, love it!!!!!!! I can check your serial number too, if you like.


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The Serial number on mine is under the motor and reads: 1679038 7(this 7 is at 90 degrees to the others for some reason) Hope this helps. I always thought it to be of about 1949 vintage. Tomorrow I will be picking up a later model RZ Automatic which has fancy stitch cams ( probably early 50's and yes it is Green! ) It comes with all the original attachments, book,etc and is costing me the massive sum of $50.
It also has the twin upper thread tension set up.......can't wait to hear it purring!
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please remember folks that this is not the general chatting area.  this is an ad for Davevv's machine.  This should be started in the main area.

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Hi Dave,
If you are still "parting out" I could use the round inspection cover if it has it. Please let me know. I've been wanting to use my machine for some time now and something always seems to steer me in another direction. When I bought it, I didn't realize it was missing this cover. Works without it, but I'd like to have.

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Hi Dave, If you are still "parting out" I could use the round inspection cover if it has it. Please let me know. I've been wanting to use my machine for some time now and something always seems to steer me in another direction. When I bought it, I didn't realize it was missing this cover. Works without it, but I'd like to have. Thanks, Tony


I'd love to help, but unfortunately, mine is missing as well.  
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I'm sure you'd like to have the original part, but until you find one, the cover from a Singer 15 or clone doesn't look too bad on there.  This is the cover from my 15-91 in place on the Anker.
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TwaasG, the serial number is 1539523.  I might consider working on it if I had a source for the missing parts, but a brief search turned up next to nothing.  Do you know of a source?  The other major deterrent is the poor condition of all the plated parts.  Having those refinished would be an expensive proposition.

Another question.  Is this the original motor?  Seems odd that a German machine would have been produced with a motor from Chicago.
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I think you would be amazed at how it would look if you just cleaned and buffed the brightwork
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Sorry that I haven't been back sooner. We're currently preparing to move next week so lots of work to do ...

Thanks to both of you for your serial numbers.
Dave, your RZ dates back to being made in the 3. Quarter of 1950. Glad to see that you consider keeping the machine. I'm sure cleaned and polished the machine will look much much better.
I'm not sure about the motor as they used different ones here in Europe. If you can't find spare parts for an Anker RZ try looking for a Free Westinghouse (LZ) or New Home (JZ). This model was also sold under those names. If all fails you can always try getting spare parts from Europe. I'm sure we'll find someone that is parting out a machine. Shipping shouldn't be so bad.

I'm getting the same model before christmas myself. I can post pictures then.

Swampy, thanks to you too. Your machine dates back to the 2. quarter of 1954. Would be happy to see pictures of your new aquisition over in the general area.


If there are any more questions I'll be happy to try to answer them but we might better move this conversation. :-)


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tsarabia

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Dave, sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the tip. I'll be on the look out for one.
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Dave,
Any chance you are still parting out this machine?  One of your pictures shows the exact part(s) I need.  The screw and nut that connects the drop feed mechanism.  I realize this thread is a few months old-- I thought I would take a chance.
Thank you,
Joe J

ETA  Your photo with an arrow showing the screw and nut I'm talking about.

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Wow, I know I typed an answer a couple days ago, but I don't see it now.  Maybe I forgot to hit the "add reply" button.  

Anyway, the short answer is no.  Sorry, but that machine is long gone.

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It was worth a shot.  Thank you for letting me know.  I have used a small machine screw and nut to put it together.  It works but it is awfully stiff.
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Any Anker parts left Dave? Maybe a bobbin winder or pin cushion that you tossed into the parts bin and forgot about...? ;-)
 
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Sorry, nothing left from that machine.
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Thanks mate,

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