Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 385.15512000 & Kenmore Iron Model 116.6255

I couldn’t help myself. I went junkin’ today with my sweet brother and sisterinlove, and when I saw this Kenmore for $25, I couldn’t leave it. I love Kenmore sewing machines (made by Janome for Sears, although, not anymore Sad smile). I have several models of the more modern Kenmores and they are quiet and smooth. Don’t get me wrong. I still love the vintage machines, but it’s hard to pass up a Kenmore.
This machine is a pretty basic machine. It has 12 built in stitches and a 4 step built in buttonholer. It came with a full bag of accessories, a new package of needles and a needle threader.
Every stitch works. It did have a broken needle. I changed the needle and loosened the tension up on the bobbin before I ever tried sewing. Perfect stitches. (If you are examining the stitch sample and you see holes in the sample without thread and you see what looks like a wad of thread, that is where my bobbin ran out).
It came in a portable carrying case, and the foot control was in the original plastic bag. The only thing missing was the manual, which I found online and printed.
Did I need another machine? No. Will I keep it? Probably.
I also found a vintage Kenmore iron for $2.95. I think it’s pretty neat. I plugged it in and it warmed right up. I’m not sure why the left side of the decal is almost worn off. I wonder if the user was left handed and rubbed her thumb on the decal when she ironed. Hmmmm….a mystery.
This picture reminds me of a saddle shoe. Smile
I doubt that I’ll use it, but you never know. I’ll add it to the few other vintage irons I have. To download a free manual for the sewing machine, click the link below.



Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I didn't know Kenmore made irons. Cute little thing.

Jackie Kirner said...

I have a Kenmore fondness, too. I wonder, on the iron, if decal wear was from tucking the cord in the handle for storage?

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have a vintage iron - a GE - my dad found at a yard sale for me many, many years ago. He's been gone 10 years and it was several years before that. He paid $5. He loved auctions and garage sales and I had requested an old iron that didn't steam. Boy does it get hot! I'm still looking for a hand crank machine. If you ever run across one that you think is a good machine I'd be willing to pay a broker fee. :) blessings, marlene

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What an amazing Kenmore find!! I too love the older Kenmores. I have two of the basic models. Both made in Japan. They are heavy though. I sewed on my first Kenmore (which was used when I got it) for miles and miles. Never needed any repairs. Yours looks sweet :-)

Jules said...

I sure don't hit the thrift stores with any regularity as you do, in fact, I don't remember the last time I shopped at one. And I usually only go to one! ha!

Good to know the old Kenmores are good machines. I love my vintage irons. Mine are nearly all pink ones and I use them. The non-steam plate on your iron is quite popular among those that do fusible applique. Great find!

Hazel said...

You must have the luck of the Irish ,you always fine such great treasures .

KaHolly said...

I'm a Kenmore junkie!! I just love them. Have a few old ones myself! They are my workhorses and run like the cadillacs they are!

Stephanie Williams said...

My mom gave me the same Kenmore sewing machine and unfortunately I have no idea how to use it. I need some help ... :(

Stephanie Williams said...

My mom gave me the exact Kenmore sewing machine but unfortunately I have no idea how to use it. Help ??? :(

Stephanie Williams said...

I have the exact same Kenmore seeing machine but I need help on how to use it :(

Michelle said...

Free pdf manual download.

Michelle said...


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