Riccar was established in 1939 in Japan, and began making sewing machines in 1948. Riccar at one point had the largest market share in Japan, offering a unique layaway system to its customers. Riccar established overseas subsidiaries in US, France, UK, and in other European countries in the 60's ~ 70's and was expanding. However, the company eventually went bankrupt in 1994.
It has this shiny round sliding door where it says RICCAR.
To tell you the truth, I had never operated a machine that required cams. I didn't know what cams were back then!! When I looked inside the manual, I slowly understood that this machine required cams to sew anything other than straight stitch. It didn't come with any cams!
Now, this is when I say there is such thing as 'it was meant to be' when it comes to acquiring vintage sewing machines. The very night I bought this sewing machine, I went on to ebay to see if I could find cams for this sewing machine -- totally unaware that Riccar wasn't all that popular. Well, what do you know. Someone must have just parted out a Riccar 888. There was a list of parts from Riccar 888, and a box of cams listed on ebay that day.
When I first took the machine out of the case, cleaned it, and tried to sew on it, it unfortunately began sewing backwards. I was very disappointed as it didn't respond to correct the problem to anything I did. I just put it away, and completely forgotten about it, many months later, until recently.
I took it out of the case, and gave it a try again. This time, well, I don't know what the deal was, but it worked perfectly fine.
Look at how much fun I had!
The more I look at the machine, the more I notice it reminds me of the Bernina Sport 801 I have. The slimness of the design, the whole profile. Many Bernina models also have "Made in Switzerland" on the same place of their sewing machines.