Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500

Have a question or want to show off your project? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View


Got to laugh!

Was shopping on Ebay for a walking foot for the Bernina 930, when I
spotted an auction for a sewing machine with less than 3 minutes
remaining. The minimum bid I could make was $26.99; the machine was
part of an estate sale, condition unknown but by its appearance was OK
and it looked only gently used.

Just for laughs, I bid the $26.99. There was only 20 seconds left in
the auction when I placed the bid, and doggone if I didn't win it!

Suddenly I'm the owner of an almost-new Kenmore 385.15510200! Told my
wife what I'd done (she was out on errands) and she just about wet
herself laughing. It's not like I *need* another machine, for Heaven's
sake, but if it's in good condition, I think I just scored a thrift
shop bargain. Kit contains the SM, foot control and manual, and maybe
a few bobbins or some such. Maybe one of the GDaughters will take up
sewing..... stranger things have happened.

Anyone familiar with the Kenmore 385? Seems to be an entry level SM,
with some 40 stitches built in.

Wife says (only half jokingly)that we need to set up a sewing room,
maybe by building an extension to our master bedroom.

Alex, whose stable is now up to 3 machines!

======================================================

Taxation *with* representation ain't so hot either!

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On 9/14/2010 8:07 PM, Chemiker wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it


No but have a ball with it.
Juno

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


Quoted text here. Click to load it

Actually, you've got yourself a Janome in Sears clothing... the digits ahead
of the decimal tell you the machine's maker (Janome in this case)
and the first four or fivebehind are the model, so you've got a Kenmore 15512.

If you want to see what you got before it gets to you:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/28uoo8e OR
http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/16365/KENMORE-Mecha
nical-Sewing-L0807579?brand_name_search=385.1551

It's a 13.5 lb mechanical with a 4 step buttonhole.  I'd say you got yourself
a nice class machine there.

Enjoy!

Oh yes... parts; http://preview.tinyurl.com/2994dav OR  
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Kenmore-Parts
/Sewing-Parts/Model-38515512000/0582/1220000?sid=MMLxMerchandizexManuals
DetailxKENMORExMechanical%20Sewingx38515512000


Kay

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:55 -0500, Chemiker wrote:

Quoted text here. Click to load it

It's made by Janome so accessories are easy to obtain. I don't know if
it's a top-loading or front-loading bobbin type. If you insert the bobbin
from the top, you might want to use plastic bobbins.

gwh


Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:55 -0500, Chemiker

Quoted text here. Click to load it
Thanks for the tips, guys. Now all I have to do is wait it out.
I bought it "as is" with no *obvious* problems, so if all it needs is
a little TLC and some oil, it will have been a good buy.

thanks again

Alex

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:55 -0500, Chemiker


Quoted text here. Click to load it

Depends...how much is the shipping?  The iffy thing about buying via
eBay esp. from folks who don't usually sell sewing machines is
hopefully the seller will know how to pack it so it arrives in one
piece (instead of many).

I do hope it does, and that you have many years of enjoyment with it!

-Irene

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:45:06 -0500, Chemiker

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Forgot to mention:

Had my hair cut today. Found out, talking about my impulse buy, that
she (hair stylist) was just getting starting in quilting. (!!) She's
been cutting my hair for 32 years! She just had to drag out a ziplock
of quilting squares for a project (for a new grandkid), based on "I
spy, with my little eye...". each square had a different motif. Some
were hot dogs, some were pickle chips, one was sock monkeys, another
was muffins with frosting and chocolate sprinkles, one was puppies,
and so on. These were 5 inch squares, and she doesn't even own a
machine yet! I gave her such encouragement as I could, not being into
quilting. I bragged on the Sistine chapel, and the Long Dog sampler..
(Cathy, KY/CA project). We now have a new topic for discussion.

My $60 is *well* spent. <G>

Alex, spreading the word!


Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On 16/09/2010 03:02, Chemiker wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

And chances are, with an almost new machine, that it still has the
original box for shipping...  I have Lily's box, the 'retired' Huskylock
is in it's original box, and I have the box and all the packing for both
sergers...

If not, direct the sender to this: http://www.sew2go.com/packingseries.htm

While primarily aimed at packing vintage machines, what it says holds
true for all machines that have lost their original packing.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.
Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


On Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:41:40 +0100, Kate XXXXXX

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Thanks for the tup (did I say that?) Read: TIP (American English). The
original pkgng has been lost but I passed on your advice and URL,
which seems to be pretty comprehensive.

I appreciate your help, Kate. Maybe sometime you'll tell us (re: that
pic of your sewing area of the red dress), where the pic has a Singer
in the foreground, and a serger to the left, what is the SM in the
upper right? I can't make it a Viking....

Alex

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:55 -0500, Chemiker

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Well the little Kenmore/Janome arrived yesterday. Appears as expected,
with needle bent. The hand-wheel on the right side turns with
difficulty, as if the lube has gunked up. Will take it to the S/M Dr.
for a physical and tune up tomorrow. Seems like a decent entry-level
machine, with few frills, but seems all mechanical rather than
computerized. Definitely not in the same class as the Bernina Record
930, tho.

Alex

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On 29/09/2010 16:48, Chemiker wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

That could be a winner then!  Nice score!

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.
Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:07:55 -0500, Chemiker

Quoted text here. Click to load it


End of story.

The unit was cosmetically OK, but came with a power/foot control cord
that was jerry rigged from another S/M. Shuttle/bobbin case and hook
were absent. No foot. Main mechanism gummed up.

Caviat emptor. Not worth the repair cost. I bet, I lost. <G>

Alex


Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


Chemiker wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

So sad!!!  But, as my DFIL used to tell the kids, you
"learned a valuable lesson...".  :-(

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On Tue, 5 Oct 2010 17:40:59 -0700, "BEI Design"

Quoted text here. Click to load it

It still has a place in my home, tho. As a doorstop! <G>

Alex

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On 06/10/2010 16:07, Chemiker wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

You may be able to salvage bits for another fixer-upper project.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
We've slightly trimmed the long signature. Click to see the full one.
Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
On Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:57:26 +0100, Kate XXXXXX

Quoted text here. Click to load it


The thought crossed my mind. I expect to complete my income tax
paperwork today, and this weekend I'm going to take a page from my
childhood years and take that puppy apart to see what makes her tick.

Dissecting the machine should provide a lot of information on how they
are designed, or mis-designed. Who knows? I might run across another
Kenmore/Janome of this type and do a bit ot cannibalization.

Alex

=============================================================

Life is uncertain.....eat dessert first!

Re: Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Take thyself over to the yahoo group "wefixit" and check some of the files and
discussions on degumming old machines.  Play with it a bit.  Dissect it.  
Turn it into a frankenstitcher or part it out.  



Site Timeline