I have always shrugged at Kenmore sewing machines, and not because there's anything wrong with them. But, let's face it, they just don't have the same appeal as most of the classic Singers with the stylish features and catchy names like Featherweight! Rocketeer! Slant-O-Matic! Golden Touch & Sew!
The well-built 158 Kenmores from the late-1950s- late-1970s numbered at more than ONE HUNDRED different models with little to differentiate them to the casual observer. Some of early Kenmore models were stylish - the Lady Kenmore, for example - but that 158 line was kind of Dullsville.
However, not too long ago a little "bait" found its way into my sewing room. I bought a box of assorted SM gadgets for $10, culled out the items I wanted, sold off some of the rest, and I was left with these odds and ends:
See those double stacked cams? Those go to a sewing machine that makes "reverse stitch" patterns - or what I generally refer to as Ducks In A Row. (These stitches are accomplished by forward AND reverse movement - thus the double cam.)
When the above cams and feet landed in my lap, I knew it was only a matter of time until...
I found a machine that uses those cams in a Goodwill store for $14.99!
|Deteriorated Nylon Gear - a Nasty Surprise!|
- Vertical oscillating hook, Class 15 bobbin
- Low shank (uses all the same feet as my low shank Singers!)
- 1.0 amp internal motor with a toothed belt
- Twin needles, 3 needle positions
- 6mm stitch width
- 8 built-in stitches (four single cam, four double cam)
- Takes single and double C cams
- Feed dog drop
- Extra high presser foot lift
- Presser foot pressure adjustment
- Marked throat plate on left AND right
- Built-in light is focused directly on sewing area
- Reversible straight stitch/zigzag needle plate