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|Kenmore:158.10400 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About poplin |
|Member since: 5/28/06 |
|Reviews written: 25|
|Favored by: 18 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 4|
|Posted on:||12/19/12 7:31 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$140|
|Had this machine for:||at least 3 years|
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- Needle Threader
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- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
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|What poplin likes about this machine|
I can't believe I'm saying it, but yes, I have reservations when recommending the popular Kenmore 158.1040 to anyone who seriously wants to use it beyond piecing and admiring it for its cuteness.
It is only 3/4 the size of a full-sized sewing machine. It comes standard with its own rose-embossed case. The case does not add much additional bulk and everything--foot pedal and accessories--fits nicely inside. I like how the handle sinks back into the case, making it entirely compact and perfect for travel if you don't mind carrying about 17 pounds of heavy metal. Also, it wouldn't be difficult to hide one Kenmore 1040 in a closet if it were to be a back up machine. I say, one Kenmore 1040.
Its small size also took away my initial fears of opening up a mechanical sewing machine. My Kenmore 1060 and the Kenmore 1040 helped me learn a lot about sewing machine parts, how to clean inside and out, and how to apply grease on the metal gears.
It comes with a zigzag needle plate insert and a straight stitch needle plate insert that pops on and off without having to unscrew the large needle plate.
It is cute. It is very portable. And it did a fine job with piecing the squares for a quilt top I've been working on for what seems forever.
What poplin does not like about this machine
Oh, where to start, where to start...
Let me start off by saying that I have small hands and slim fingers. On Machingers, I use an XS. On rubber kitchen gloves, I use an XS. Even with hands as small as mine, it was difficult for me to get the bobbin case in and out of the Kenmore 1040.
The front plastic extension got in the way whenever I tried to insert the bobbin case back in. Sometimes, I felt like I was going to break the front plastic extension. Now, when inserting the hook race, I wished my hands were even smaller!
When I installed a light bulb and turned it on, it would heat up the face plate. I burned my hand often whenever I touched the face plate, which wasn't difficult to avoid considering the small working area. So, I never installed a light bulb after that.
I also got a little nervous when the one Kenmore 1040 I used was left sitting out. Those front plastic extensions turn an ugly yellow when exposed to light. I always had to be watchful I don't leave it sitting out.
It was cumbersome to place the sewing machine inside the rose-embossed case. I had to put the machine on the floor (not on carpet or rug), slide the front side of the case to the front of the machine, and close with the other side. Sometimes, it seemed like the case would nick the machine. But the worse of it is, the case has no bottom, leaving the bottom plate of the sewing machine exposed to nicks and scratches. And these machines with paint on metal are definitely prone to nicks and scratches.
Of the four I owned (one being a Kenmore 1050), I sewed only on one but nothing more than piecing. The others basically sat in a closet for years. The one pictured above, the prettiest one I aptly nicknamed Trophy, I never even put to work.
It's odd that the Kenmore 1040 (and the other 158.10xx that look similar) has a tension knob that is the same size as the other full-sized 158 sewing machines. While piecing squares, though I have view of the presser foot, I cannot for the life of me ignore that tension knob not far off to the right. But I can completely ignore the same-sized tension knob when sewing on my other full-sized Kenmore.
So, I caution you. While its small size is an attraction, it might end up becoming a detraction when put to work.
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