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Don't mind me.

I've been geeking out about my newest toy.

the new baby: Kenmore 158-10400

A vintage Kenmore 158-10400.(Circa 1950s-1960s, from what I can tell). Complete with some original tools and bobbins and attachments I haven't even seen before.  Do you recognize that needle shank attachment on the left in the photo below?  Is that even the right name for that little gadget?

original goodies, too.

I started looking for a portable machine a month ago when I was trying to consider the logistics on my September trip to Seattle for the Dottie Angel Workshop.  (Our supply list includes, among other things, a sewing machine, a stool, full-length slips and crocheted doilies.  I simply cannot wait for my date with TSA security.) 

My current machine is fairly large and heavy and I was trying to figure out how to take her.  Use a super big suitcase and cushion her with my fabric supplies? Do I trust those baggage handlers to not toss her or squish her under everyone else's luggage?  Do I try to carry-on in a new case? Will it fit above or below??  No and no, most likely. I was stressing out just a little.

I had been researching a portable vintage Singer Featherweight, everyone's go-to portable workhorse.  However,I wasn't ready to fork over the $250 it looked like I would have to part with.   I did find one on Craigslist for $125 and then waited too long to call.  Bummer.

Fortunately, I came across this Kenmore at a local Thrift in the nick of time. 

After a bit of online research, I found a yahoo group dedicated to vintage Kenmores, and now I've got a super resource for information as well. One of the members was even kind enough to send me a PDF manual, which has been immensely helpful!  I should have enough weeks to get her cleaned up (although she looks recently serviced) and ready to roll. 

It's exciting and scares me a little.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going to cozy up with some light technical reading.  :)

I told you I was geeking out.





Oh that's way too cool! My first sewing machine was a Kenmore (1990 I think). I bought it because it was sturdy and did a nice applique stitch and had a button hole foot. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I had been using my mom's old singer that only did a straight stitch. When I advanced to a couple of new machines (one Janome and one Brother monogramming machine) I could NOT part with the Kenmore. My daughter did finally take it to her house but it is still "in the family" and still a great machine. Enjoy your new toy!


That is the cutest baby! those little machines are so handy, I was fortunate enought recently to purchase a smally Singer, Not the featherweight, but she was made the same year that I was born had to have it, was meant to be. Enjoy


you're so lucky! i still don't know what i'm going to do with the whole sewing maching situation...we need to talk :)


What a cute machine!

Have so much fun in Seattle. I grew up nearby -- love that town!


Oh, have fun!!! Maybe you could mail your supplies to Dottie Angel Workshop, thereby omitting the whole airport tangle thing? Your things would be there when you arrive.
Enjoy your new/vintage machine. :)

Pat Sieler

Hi there, would you post the site for vintage Kenmores? I have one and when I lent it out, all the cams were lost. That should teach me, huh? But the machine is so good that I can't give it away.

chris carleton

Sure, Pat:  here you go!


Liz Taylor

Let me know if you figure out that foot thingy, I have one for my old Singer and I can't figure out what it is for.

Pat Sieler

Thank for the info on the Kenmore Group. I have signed up and Now I get to search for the
cams. I need a back up sewing machine and this one will be it.
Thanks again. I don enjoy your site and seeing photos of your beautiful girls.

:o) mg



It's an attachment for edgestiching. I have a Kenmore from 1972 that I inherited from my aunt. It has a bunch of random attachment feet. Here is a link to how to use them: http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Trade-Literature/Sewing-Machines/NMAHTEX/0215/

I happened across your blog today looking for a cute tulle skirt that wasn't a knotted tutu. I love your blog so far!

chris carleton

THANK YOU, Rachel!!!  What a doll you are to find that link for me.  :)   Thanks for visiting! xoxo

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