Hi all. Don’t you just love being geeky? No? Not all of you? I think you’ll appreciate this anyway.
Back in the 80’s Nintendo played around with new ideas for accessories for their gaming consoles. The best one ever that most unfortunately never got made was the Nintendo Knitting Machine. I want this so badly I can’t express to you how much.
Next up is a sewing machine that was a front runner for our modern computerized home sewing machines, except its computer was detachable.
Oh yes, a sewing machine that runs with a Gameboy. In 2000 a prominent Japanese sewing machine company, Jaguar, released the Jaguar JN-100. One year later they released a special cable that allowed uses to hook up their machine with a color Gameboy & choose embroidery designs from the Mario Family “game”. Users could even change the color of the designs & string up three in a row for a repeating pattern, which is a lot more than my new sewing/embroidery machine can do. Jaguar later released an updated model with an embroidery carriage & built-in holder for the Gameboy, the JN-2000.
But my dearies, what you really want to know is can you get your hands on an amazing sewing machine/Gameboy system. No worries. An international model was released in the form of the Singer Izek, unfortunately discontinued in 2006. You’ll have to scour ebay & craigslist, but I’m sure if you’re dedicated you’ll be able to find one used. It may be worth it- the machine got excellent reviews on Amazon.
For more history on the Jaguar & Singer Izek, check out this site. And below is a video showing off many of the Mario Family designs you could make with this system.