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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Vintage Kenmore, model 158.330 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Vintage Kenmore, model 158.330
Does anyone have any info/experience with this machine?
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Date: 3/4/10 10:17 PM

You know, I think this is officially my first post! I signed up when I was starting looking at finally getting a sewing machine again, and this website has been a fantastic resource!

Anyways, a nearby used furniture store had a Sears Kenmore machine, model 158.330 (or just 33, according to the manual) with a table for $65. With how prices are in my area, it was worth it for the table alone, and the machine looks like its in great shape. Here's a picture.

My new Sears Kenmore 33

I haven't been able to find ANY information on this machine online though! Its been quite annoying. Does anyone know anything about this model (years made, where it was made, quality of the machine, etc). I've emailed both Sears and Kenmore, but have no idea if anyone will respond. I'd also love to hear if anyone has any actual experience with this model, and how they liked it.

Thanks a lot!
-- Edited on 3/4/10 10:20 PM --

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Date: 3/4/10 11:37 PM

It looks like it was made from 1966-1967.

The 158. prefix in the model number indicates it was made by Maruzen (148 is Soryu; 385 is Janome; and then there are others too).

I'd expect it to work beautifully once oiled and cleaned, and possibly with a new belt installed. Assuming no one ever tampered with the timing (or did something mean to it), it should be ready to go. The Maruzen-made Kenmores garner a lot of respect.

You'll want to join the OldKenmoreSewingMachines and vintagekenmoressew groups at Yahoo Groups. (The date info I posted came from a document at the OldKenmoreSewingMachines group.) Be sure to follow the group requirements (introductions, posting rules, etc.) carefully. Some of the sewing groups are a bit...testy.

Enjoy the machine!

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Date: 3/5/10 11:20 AM

Neat machine! Congratulations on your new find.

('a bit testy'. Nicely phrased.)
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Date: 3/5/10 1:45 PM

I share your frustration. I picked up a Model 34 from our local Craigslist and couldn't find any info either, other than year of manufacture (1962).

There was also a 33 sold on ebay recently and there is a little info on that listing. Your machine appears to have the same 1.2 amp motor that mine has so it should handle heavy fabrics very well.
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Date: 3/5/10 2:14 PM

Quote: akrogirl
I share your frustration. I picked up a Model 34 from our local Craigslist and couldn't find any info either, other than year of manufacture (1962).

What are you wanting to know? The two groups listed in my last post have quite a bit of information about Kenmore sewing machines made over the past century.

The Japanese-made Kenmores (by Soryu, Maruzen, and Janome, prefixes 148, 158, and 385, respectively) have generally been regarded positively, especially the Maruzen and Janome ones. Several manuals can be had for free (see those groups ago, or search the web and http://managemyhome.com), others for a fee from Sears and several sites that sell copies of the original.
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Date: 3/5/10 6:19 PM

I saw a 158.331 in a thrift store today! Nice machine, but yours is in better shape. Congratulations--I bet it will do a great job. The one I saw today was a high shank machine (I think, I didn't look at it very long because I didn't want to tempt my eight-sewing-machine-owning self). If yours is, you can use some industrial presser feet; very cool.

The one I saw also turned very, very smoothly despite being kind of dirty and rough around the edges. You oughta have a good one there.

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Date: 3/5/10 6:31 PM

At this point, anything, lol. I was curious as to how they are regarded - apparently pretty well, and if they really do hold up well to heavier duty work. Like OhSoGreen, I was just a little surprised that I was unable to find any references of any kind to these machines.

I did follow your advice and sign up for the Yahoo group - thank you! Luckily, I was fortunate enough to get the manual and a lot of additional feet with the machine.

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Date: 3/5/10 9:34 PM

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At this point, anything, lol. I was curious as to how they are regarded - apparently pretty well, and if they really do hold up well to heavier duty work.

Just wait for Soolip to step in and wax eloquent about the virtues of late 60s-mid-70s Kennies. :)

Seriously, they're really smooth. As I've said elsewhere, I rather like the gray and olive green color of them, too. Beats white plastic any day, and utterly demolishes anything pastel.

Just open the lid and really admire the quality of the innards, too.

As far as heavy duty work goes, these are still general purpose domestic machines. Occasional heavy work is fine. If you're doing it all the time, get an industrial machine rated for that particular duty (not the "all silk lingerie" duty).

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Date: 3/6/10 3:15 AM

Thank youI'm with you on the pastel thing

It sounds like it should handle the heaviest of my current duties just fine. At some point, I would like to get a Durkopp Adler 205-370 for some serious heavy duty leather work. Unfortunately, I would probably need to get a bigger sewing room first which, sadly, isn't going to happen any time soon - though I have threatened to knock our two spare bedrooms into one

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Date: 3/6/10 12:20 PM

check out this link on you tube:

Kenmore Sewing

I also just got an older Kenmore 1207 last week. The colors are exactly the same as your machine

see post: kenmoresewingmachine

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