September 18, 2011

Kenmore 158.523 (1966)

So my new rule is (except for the coveted) no more than $15 and I have to like the design of course. At the local Church rummage sale this Kenmore (made in 1966) was calling me.


Another outstanding Japanese made machine with a 1.2amp motor, ZZ, and multiple cam options that are loaded thru the top door.

After a couple hours of clean-up it came back to life; the motor could not move it because it was so gummed up and packed with thread dust around the hook. Sometimes it takes a lot of oiling and turning to get it free!

For a test project I decided to make Bertie a blanket with integral pillow.



Bertie has adopted a spot on the floor next to my side of the bed and because he loves to cop a lean on what ever is adjacent I added the pillow. Being a brat however, it may be some time before he will use it.


Update: he loves it... took to it the 1st night!

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11 comments:

  1. I love these Kenmores! There's another version that's all lilac. It doesn't take cams.

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  2. Yes the Kenmores are great sewing machines. they really did there engineering homework, they seem to be very robust. I have another Kenmore on the work bench almost ready to post.

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    1. My grandmother sent me this machine in cabinet when I was 12 years old and I still own it today in perfect working condition at the age of 57

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  3. I just bought this exact machine for $3! It works beaitifully. I like it, also, because I am new to sewing and I think all the bells and whistles the new machines have would confuse me. I was wondering though, where could I find more cams? Mine only has one. It is double sided and burnt orange in color. A lady in my online vintage kenmore group said she has several green ones, but I'm not sure they'll work.

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  4. My fiances grandmother just gave me her Kenmore of this exact model. I cleaned it and it looks great but when I begin sewing there are small sparks in the motor. Any advice?

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    1. These are excellent machines, the brushes may be worn out, if you can get at them they could be replaced.
      Not sure how hard to get a used motor is due to the unique mounting.

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  5. Does anyone have an owners manual they can share for this machine?

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    1. I saw someone post a comment on another site with a copy of the manual. I'm looking at buying one off craigslist and downloaded it.

      Here it is: (it's the 2nd comment down)
      http://community.babycenter.com/post/a32089505/kenmore_158.523

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  6. How much do you think this Kenmore sewing machine is worth 2015 in excellent condition

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    1. Finding a buyer is the issue; see what Ebay says.
      But an Ebay number is one that has 1000's of viewers, where as Craig's List has an audience of 10's.
      So $25 +- $10

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  7. The only problem with eBAY is shipping. You don't want to ship this herken monster! I have one of these in a cabinet and they were built to last for several hundred years.

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