Kenmore 158.1030 or 1040


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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Ginger in CA
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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Polly Esther
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:
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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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Ginger in CA
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? . In message , Polly Esther writes >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. ? >so, have you considered the beautiful little Featherweights? Polly
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Pat S
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?
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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:
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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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Edna Pearl
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
"Pat S" I had a quick look this morning, and I spotted a note saying that the
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Polly Esther
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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Ginger in CA
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
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Bonnie Patterson
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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Taria
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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Sunny
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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Edna Pearl
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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Judie in Penfield NY
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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Ginger in CA
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. . In message , Ginger in CA writes
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Pat S
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. . In message , Judie in Penfield NY writes
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Pat S
Oh, it would be so cool to own one of the 158 class. One could casually drop into conversation "I have to take the Jaguar in for a tune up tomorrow." PAT in Virginia USA
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Pat in Virginia
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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Ginger in CA

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