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Message Board > Sewing Machines > I just adopted a 'new' machine! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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I just adopted a 'new' machine!
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Date: 8/28/13 3:28 PM

I was talking to my stepmom about hemming my dad's pants, and I told her that she can NOT get rid of her old sewing machine no matter what, I wanted it when she didn't anymore. All the talk on here about older machines lately made me think of it.

She said it was sitting on her floor and she had no idea where to store it so I could have it now! She didn't want it going to Goodwill or heaven forbid the dump. She wanted it to go to someone who would appreciate it as much as she always did.

It looks pristine except for a worn spot on one corner! She LOVES this machine and took good care of it. She bought it in 1975.

It has cams, which I have never actually seen before in my life so I have no idea what the heck to do with them. It has the instruction book and another little book about the cams I think.

So, soon it will be moving into my house, where I will make sure it gets loved and appreciated. She said she hasn't sewn on it for a few years, but last time she did it was working like brand new. I need to figure out how to KEEP it working well, I have NO CLUE about machines like this!

Hopefully the instruction manual will tell how to take care of it.
Does anyone know anything about this machine?

Here it is!






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Date: 8/28/13 3:40 PM

Can't help with the question about upkeep, but wanted to say congrats on acquiring/rescuing this nice vintage machine. The mechanical Kenmores from the 70's are real gems...very reliable and durable. The first machine I ever bought new for myself was a basic Kenmore from that era. I was 18 years old at the time, and sewed everything from my wedding gown to quilts on that machine. I loved it!

Enjoy experimenting with those cams!!!!

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Subject: I just adopted a new machine! Date: 8/28/13 3:41 PM

The cams just go in the top do do the various stitches. A similar machine at the time would have been a Singer Touch and sew. That is probably a great mechanical machine Cat. I would take her to the shop and have them clean and oil and lubricate her or him as it were lol.

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Date: 8/28/13 4:46 PM

That so many looks exactly like mine that I bought new in 1980. It was a TOL in its day in the Kenmore line. It is such a great machine and so many decorative stitches (forerunner to the embroidery machines of tody). It is easy to care for. I have never had it in for service. I keep it oiled. The manual should show you how to do it. You can take the top off and the bottom off to oil it. Is this a super high shank? Mine is and I was so glad that I bought almost all of the feet that were made at the time because they are hard to find now. I am planning on having it until I am gone. I know I will have it after my beloved Janome 6600 dies. OH you are so lucky to get it now!

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Date: 8/28/13 4:50 PM

Ohh, look at all the pretty cams. Such fun to be had!

I can see you have a (temp) cure for SMAD. I hope you really love this machine and enjoy sewing with it.

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Date: 8/28/13 5:47 PM

Thanks everyone! I am getting so excited to try this machine out!

She should be here soon, maybe even tomorrow!

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Date: 8/28/13 6:22 PM

I have a 1913 that looks nearly identical. It was a wedding gift in 1976. I won't part with it because it can sew through anything!

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Subject: I just adopted a new machine! Date: 8/28/13 8:54 PM

Congratulations on your newly adopted machine. I recently bought a 158.19141 that looks much the same. The mechanical Kenmores have a great reputation, and it's even more special that it was your stepmom's machine.
Have fun stitching with it!

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Date: 8/28/13 11:30 PM

Very special to have this stay in the family...and it has its original manuals...sweet!!!!

I agree...take it in for a spa day.

At the least...check the manual for its oiling points...clean out any bunnies if needed...then oil it as instructed...also move any knobs etc to see if they all move as intended before attempting to sew with it.

I am sure if a sewing machine could smile then it would be smiling right along with you. Enjoy.

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Subject: I just adopted a new machine! Date: 8/29/13 0:52 AM

Congratulations! It's the little gems in life that make us smile:)

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