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 ). 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.
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.