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Message Board > Sewing Machines > newer kenmore in old singer cabinet ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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newer kenmore in old singer cabinet
can i modify it to work? anyone btdt?
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Date: 8/20/10 2:34 PM

i have this cabinet:
http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/56_cab.html

and this kenmore (or similar model):
http://cgi.ebay.com/KENMORE-SEWING-MACHINE-MODEL-385-16528000-/190433514058?pt=BI_Sewing_Machines

could i modify the cabinet to fit this machine? has anyone attempted this? i would like to be able to fold it away when not in use. my dh sends it to the attic frequently when i am mid project. hidden in a table is a better scenario for me.

tia

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Date: 8/20/10 2:55 PM

I wouldn't. The old machines had hinges that allowed the machine to swing down into the cabinet. There's no place for the hinges on modern machines. You're better off getting a newer cabinet that has an air lift.

This has your name all over it:
http://www.sewingmachinecabinets.com/arrow-98500.html

I've seen old cabinets that have been modified to fit newer machines. They don't actually hide the machine they can't because of the hinge problem, and newer machines are generally bulkier than vintage machines. Unless you are a highly skilled woodworker the result will be cheezy. Plus it would take more time, effort and material cost to convincingly modify this cabinet than it would be to just buy a cabinet that fits your machine.

No sense in destroying a perfectly good vintage cabinet HEY why not just get a vintage Singer?

-- Edited on 8/20/10 3:00 PM --

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Date: 8/20/10 3:02 PM

i would love to find a vintage machine that has more than a basic straight stitch. really only need a zig-zag, otherwise. i have a 15-91 and own the zig zagger, but am scared to try it. seems like it would be complicated to get the stitch in the right place. i am newish to sewing, but fascinated with these vintage beauties. i am still learning. could you recommend a few singer vintage models to keep my eyes peeled for? does the 201 zig zag? tia

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Date: 8/20/10 3:30 PM

201 is straight stitch.

However, the 237 Fashionmate is a great little machine. Does zig zag and straight stitch only, all metal. The later Fashionmates have plastic gears, so be careful.

Consider getting a vintage Kenmore. They were all metal through the mid 80s. The 158 series are generally considered to be the best. I had one, and I've regretted I sold it.

While I love vintage Singers, I really think they hit their peak with their straight stitch models. The 401 and 500 are fine, but I think they are fussy with tension, especially compared to the Kenmores. Just my 2.

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Date: 8/20/10 7:16 PM

Quote: Soolip
201 is straight stitch.



However, the 237 Fashionmate is a great little machine. Does zig zag and straight stitch only, all metal. The later Fashionmates have plastic gears, so be careful.



Consider getting a vintage Kenmore. They were all metal through the mid 80s. The 158 series are generally considered to be the best. I had one, and I've regretted I sold it.



While I love vintage Singers, I really think they hit their peak with their straight stitch models. The 401 and 500 are fine, but I think they are fussy with tension, especially compared to the Kenmores. Just my 2.

would a vintage kenmore fit into the table that i have? seems like a lot of the vintage machines are similarly made. thanks
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Date: 8/20/10 7:21 PM

No, most Kenmores will not fit Singer cabinets the beds are generally larger and the corners are more square. You would have to get a Kenmore cabinet. Craigslist usually has plenty, complete w/ cabinet.

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Date: 8/20/10 7:23 PM

what about this model 48:
http://capecod.craigslist.org/hsh/1885574140.html

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Date: 8/20/10 7:50 PM

I modified a Singer cab for my Janome. The cabinet was not exactly vintage, (well, 70's vintage perhaps) & not exactly pretty (ugly style & rather beat up), & all I wanted was a machine bed that sat flat with the table. And I didn't want to spend any $$, since I wasn't really sure how much sewing I would be doing. What this cabinet did have going for it was lots of great drawer space.

I can't hide the machine (except under a cover), so it's very basic, but it still works perfectly for me. I simply removed the hardware (this cabinet was for a T&S - not the older vintage ladies) & put in a shelf that my Janome could sit on & have a level surface for my fabric.

I'll take some detailed pics if you're interested.

ETA: Oops I should have been paying more attention. My method won't work if you want to hide the machine.

nevermind (she says in her best Emily Litella voice)
-- Edited on 8/20/10 7:53 PM --

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Date: 8/20/10 8:22 PM

I don't think you can go wrong for fifty bucks.

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Date: 8/20/10 11:17 PM

I started to say that my Dad re-did my Mom's cabinet for her new machine, but I'd just be agreeing with Soolip. Dad is a high skilled woodworker with all the tools and a huge workshop.... Historic Restoration is his specialty.

Kinda' like my studio, but I work in fiber and Dad works in wood!

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