Free. Works.

On Thursday afternoon, I was driving back from Midas with Jake (since he makes the walk down to Midas much more pleasant than going alone) when I saw a young couple place a cabinet on the sidewalk in front of their house. Hopeful that the cabinet was what I thought it was, I rushed Jake into the house. I don’t think I even wasted the few seconds it would have taken to lock the door.

I was right.

It was a sewing machine.

I folded it up nice and neat in its cabinet, stuffed the foot pedal in my jacket pocket and lugged it back home.

It is a Sears Kenmore model 158.14100, probably built in the 70’s. It is all metal, which I surmised during my walk back home with it. It was heavy!

It took me over an hour to take it all apart and clean the grime, dust, dirt and massive amounts of lint out of it. It has the occasional nick and scratch on it. Plus, it’s missing all of the spare parts (extra feet, extra bobbins, etc). Otherwise, it appears to be in great shape. I threaded the machine this morning and gave it a test drive. Either I have one of the dials set incorrectly, which is very likely since I’m not sure what they all mean, or the stitch length mechanism needs to be tuned by a professional. I’ve ordered the manual just in case it’s a user-error. Hopefully, it will arrive soon. My goal is to make this ole girl my full-time quilting machine. Right now if I want to do any quilting, I have to rethread my 10-year-old Sears Kenmore machine, (funny coincidence, isn’t it?), shuffle my work area around, and put my current sewing projects on hold.

When I wasn’t fiddling with my new toy this weekend, I made a few more cards from a kid-sized puzzle.