January 21, 2012

Kenmore 158.13011 (1969)

Another 158 series Kenmore (made in 1969), a gift from Milda. It had some strange issues the worst of which was the main cam screws being loose; a difficult problem to diagnose, I don't think that it caused any damage.

Not the worlds most attractive machine, nothing but the basics, and a blind hem cam.


I will say that it is VERY smooth the Engineers really got this model balanced out well. It has a totally unique spring loaded motor mount; something that could have been on all of the other machines of that day, one that makes tensioning and changing the belt a "no tools" job.

A Scimitar? Bizzaro!

3 comments:

  1. I just picked up this machine yesterday at the Salvation Army. As always, I fall in love with every machine I 'adopt' and will have a problem passing this on one. What a nice, quiet machine! I wish it had come with a manual, but I figured it out! I just found your blog, and I love it. I love how you compare cars with the sewing machines. You ar now on my list of reads. Thanks!

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  2. Kenmore machines from this time period (in my humble opinion) weren't the most attractive but they are durable & well made! Great sewing machines!

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  3. Just bought this exact machine yesterday. Got it cleaned up and sewing nicely. The only thing I can't get to work is the blind hem stitch. Do you happen to know where I can download a manual? Or suggest what I can look for as far as fixing the problem?

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