Imperial sewing machine model 535, as illustrated in the user manual. May also be branded as New Home 535 or Janome 535.
Since I became the custodian of my Imperial 535 sewing machine I have been looking for a user manual. Many people have written in looking for the same. As luck would have it, Gord Bestwick of British Columbia, Canada happened upon my blog page and has kindly cleaned up and offered me an electronic version of his user manual, for free non-commercial distribution. This means no one need pay for this manual and all Imperial, New Home and Janome 535 owners can enjoy it. This manual is applicable to many Japanese sewing machines of similar era. Between us, the world is a better sewing place.
My Imperial 535 sewing machine slightly differs from the user manual, but note the striking family resemblance. Operation is near identical.
It looks like when the Japanese were manufacturing sewing machines in the 1950-60s, much “sharing” occurred. Sewing machines of a wide variety of makes and models looked and operated very much the same. Specifically the brands New Home, Janome and Imperial, were made by Janome. Janome had bought the brand New Home in 1960. Janome manufactured many sewing machines that were later branded to suit the needs of retailers.
What this means is that Gord’s Imperial 535 looks exactly the same as the one in his manual, yet my Imperial 535 is just slightly different. Important operational issues such as needle threading, bobbin operation and sewing are identical. Minor differences include how to refill the bobbin and the placement of certain buttons and switches. In almost all other respects the user manual is very applicable.
Differences with my Imperial 535 include:
- thread guides
- bobbin winder mechanism
- drop feed knob: I only have a darn/sew option, no silk
- winding a bobbin, adjust bobbin winding device (I use my finger)
As stated, this document is provided free for non-commercial use. If you have information on the Imperial, New Home or Janome 535 that would be a good addition to this manual or to my blog post, feel free to contact me or Gord Bestwick at gbestwickatshaw.ca (change the “at” to @).
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Imperial sewing machine, model 535, as depicted in the user manual.
|User Manual Table of Contents
|TO REMOVE BOBBIN CASE
||TO REGULATE LENGTH OF STITCH AND DIRECTION OF FEED
|TO WIND BOBBIN
||STRAIGHT SEWING AND ZIGZAG SEWING
|TO ADJUST BOBBIN WINDING DEVICE
||MANUAL ZIGZAG PATTERN SEWING
|TO THREAD BOBBIN CASE
||TO REMOVE WORK
|TO INSERT BOBBIN CASE INTO THE MACHINE
|TO INSERT NEEDLE
||DARNING AND EMBROIDERY
|RIGHT NEEDLE AND THREAD FOR RIGHT CLOTH
|TO THREAD NEEDLE
||SEWING IN A ZIPPER
|TO RAISE LOWER THREAD
|TO START SEWING
||BLIND STITCH HEM
|TO REGULATE TENSION OF UPPER THREAD
||TO CLEAN SHUTTLE RACE
|TENSION OF LOWER THREAD
||CARE AND ADJUSTMENT OF THE MOTOR
|TO USE BUILT-IN SEWLIGHT
||Appendix A – Compatible Parts List
|TO ADJUST PRESSURE ON PRESSER FOOT
|TO USE DROP FEED DEVICE