Don't mind me.
I've been geeking out about my newest toy.
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?
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.