Exercising Self Control *was* Bernina 830 vs Elna 500


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!
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Reply to
Chemiker
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:
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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;
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Kay
Reply to
Kay Lancaster
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
Reply to
Wayne Hines
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
Reply to
Chemiker
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
Reply to
IMS
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.
Alex, spreading the word!
Reply to
Chemiker
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:
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While primarily aimed at packing vintage machines, what it says holds true for all machines that have lost their original packing.
Reply to
Kate XXXXXX
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
Reply to
Chemiker
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
Reply to
Chemiker
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.
Alex
Reply to
Chemiker
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
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Reply to
Chemiker
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.
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Kay Lancaster

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