Kenmore 158.1030 or 1040

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I am looking for one of these old metal machines. It is a 3/4 sized
machine. My hands are really having a hard time handling the full size
Kenny I have [138.13200], So I though something not-quite-full-size
would help. No I do not want anything other than gear driven, and do
not want plastic casing.

If anyone has any ideas where to find such a creature, I would
appreciate it.

thanks in advance,
Ginger in CA

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We'll have to do some sleuthing to figure this one out, Ginger.  If you
can't locate a Kenmore 3/4 size SM, we can 'assume' (yeah, right, I know
about assume) that the one you're hoping to find was made by Singer.  Maybe
you can find out what it's twin by another name is.  I'm not understanding
what you mean by your hands are having a hard time handling the full size
SM.  Surely you don't carry the thing around. ?   If so, have you considered
the beautiful little Featherweights?   Polly


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I have developed osteoarthritis in my hands, so there are many days
that it is an effort to handle a lot of things. I continue to crochet
and loom knit [both within reason] to help keep the joints as flexible
as I can. The Featheweight is too small for me to work with, even
though it is such a cute size and lightweight. Here is a link that
describes the Kenmore I am looking for:

http://www.grandmotherssewingmachine.com/kenmore_1040_etal.html

And yes, I carry that big Kenmore around. It is my only portable. The
only other machine I have is in a cabinet.

Ginger in CA
where the wind has blown the rain out of the area - for a few days
anyway

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You are a woman after my own heart, when it comes to sewing machines.  I
have never seen this one before -- 15 pounds?!!?  I want one, too!  My SM is
over 40 pounds.  Put it in its case and it's possible to get it to the car
and on to the shop if necessary, but no way am I carrying it around for
classes or whatever.

It's unclear to me from the description on this though whether the machine's
casing, its "skin," is metal.  It seems to be saying that only the accessory
box cover and the carrying case are plastic.  So is the machine enclosed in
lightweight metal?

ep

I have developed osteoarthritis in my hands, so there are many days
that it is an effort to handle a lot of things. I continue to crochet
and loom knit [both within reason] to help keep the joints as flexible
as I can. The Featheweight is too small for me to work with, even
though it is such a cute size and lightweight. Here is a link that
describes the Kenmore I am looking for:

http://www.grandmotherssewingmachine.com/kenmore_1040_etal.html

And yes, I carry that big Kenmore around. It is my only portable. The
only other machine I have is in a cabinet.

Ginger in CA
where the wind has blown the rain out of the area - for a few days
anyway

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The old Singer 99 is a 3/4 machine.  It sews a very fine stitch, but
it is heavy. I have three of them and my Friday bunch has one, we make
charity quilts. One of my three needs to be rewired, one has a knee
operated power actuator, and one is in a cabinet, so two of mine are
working. As I said, the stitch is as fine as the featherweight's.
They're cheap, some people have tried to pass them off as a
featherweight because they are small.

Bonnie, in Middletown, VA



On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 05:50:06 -0700 (PDT), Ginger in CA

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Sweet! I do hope you succeed with this auction, Ginger.
PAT in sunny, hot Virginia

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I had a quick look this morning, and I spotted a note saying that the
Kenmore 138 was made by Frister Rossman.  If this is so, perhaps it
would be easier to find?
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Pat on the Green

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Aha.  Atta girl, Pat.  That's a sewing machine name that's rarely seen but
knowing it should make Ginger's treasure hunt a little easier.  Polly

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Ginger, there's one on Ebay right now. I sent you a pm earlier with
the link. Hope you got it.

Sunny

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Sunny I went to the link and bid on the machine. It is the real basic
model - only straight and zig-zag. Just my speed ;)
Now I will have to be patient until the auction ends tomorrow night.

EP, I understand these are metal casing also.

Ginger in CA

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How exciting, Ginger!
Do let us know if you get it.
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Pat on the Green

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Good luck on the auction Ginger.  Hope you win.   The little
Kenmore's are very sought after.  I bet Irene has at least one
of them.  I think in all my hunting around for machines I have
seen only one or two of these.  Another machine that might be
an idea for you is a Singer Genie.  There are a couple different
models.  It isn't a real tough machine but lightweight.  It
probably is belt driven and is plastic so not really what you
are looking for.  It is probably more available than the Kenmore
models though and  it is a fun machine.  Bright and happy and light
weight.    The little Elna Lotus machines are highly sought after
too.  They can be pretty pricey and are scarce as hens teeth but would
probably serve your purpose.  Good luck in the hunt. That is half
the fun.  If you can do with out zigzag a Singer 301 is my favorite for
piecing.  Gear driven and metal and there are a lot of them around
at great prices.
Taria, fingers crossed for you and the auction!


Sunny I went to the link and bid on the machine. It is the real basic
model - only straight and zig-zag. Just my speed ;)
Now I will have to be patient until the auction ends tomorrow night.

EP, I understand these are metal casing also.

Ginger in CA

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Yay! I really hope you get it, Ginger. And I know how sort of nerve-
wracking it can be to wait out an Ebay auction.

Sunny

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I got her!!

Have to go pay now. It is a 158.1020, so a very basic straight stitch
and zigzag stitch. i know there is a guy local who works on old
Singers and Kenmores as a hobby, so I'll have a source if I need for
anything. This little machine does not have a manual but I'll track
one down.

Thanks to you all,
Ginger in CA
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Well done!
When I had my quick look for you, most of the sites I found on Google
were for their manuals (rather than the machines themselves), so I'm
sure you will have no problem with finding one.
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Pat on the Green

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Hi Pat
As I was tooling around the Sears Kenmore site, found a link to
manuals, and after patiently toggling through things, I printed out a
free manual!! Better than getting a CD or somesuch.

[I bring non-confidential used paper home from work and print on the
back side]

She has shipped, so I may be seeing her next week sometime.

Ginger in CA

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We wish her safe travel and just can't wait for her to be in your happy
hands.  Polly

"Ginger in CA" <Hi Pat
As I was tooling around the Sears Kenmore site, found a link to
manuals, and after patiently toggling through things, I printed out a
free manual!! Better than getting a CD or somesuch.

[I bring non-confidential used paper home from work and print on the
back side]

She has shipped, so I may be seeing her next week sometime.

Ginger in CA



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I won't bid against you Ginger!  Hope you get it!

ep

Sunny I went to the link and bid on the machine. It is the real basic
model - only straight and zig-zag. Just my speed ;)
Now I will have to be patient until the auction ends tomorrow night.

EP, I understand these are metal casing also.

Ginger in CA

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Pat,

These Kenmore machines were manufactured by Jaguar/Maruzen. The model
numbers on the Kenmores have a source code, for instance the ones
beginning with 158 were all made by Jaguar Maruzen, the 385 are made by
Janome (formerly known as New Home. I have one of these little machines
that is in need of a new belt. They're not gear driven as are the Singer
301, 401, 503, series machines. The Kenmore 3/4 (158-1030 158-1040)
machines are driven by 2 belts. They are very nice machines as are the
Singer Genies (Starlight in other countries I believe).

Judie

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Thanks Judie - I just spotted the statement; didn't have time to verify
or read any more about it.  So I'm glad I didn't actually mislead
Ginger.
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