Monday, May 13, 2013

Vintage Kenmore Sewing Machine

Helped my aunt move this weekend and got a vintage sewing machine out of it! It was quite the adventure getting it home. We had to perform an intricate dance to fit it into the back seat of our Corolla. The thing weighs a ton, so it took the two of us some time to haul it up the stairs to our apartment. Tonight, I got to open it up and inspect it.

Needs a little love, but it will be beautiful when I'm done with it.

Did a little research on the model. It's not worth much, but it's still pretty cool.

Took out the old thread and needle in preparation for a test-run.
At first, I thought I was missing the pedal. Turns out this thing has a knee lever when you open the front cabinet (which was stuck closed and took quite the effort to pry open).
It does a straight stitch only.

My husband was a bit nervous because loose bobbins and such kept falling out in transit to our home. Luckily, all the parts seem to be there, though it needs to be cleaned thoroughly. After close inspection of the wiring, I decided to plug it in. To my delight, the light works! The motor works as well, but the parts are so rusty, it got stuck after half a turn. Once I clean the rust out, it should work perfectly.