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.


9 thoughts on “Free. Works.

  1. OMG! I’m so jealous. And so happy for you too! If I were there I’d do a happy dance with you. LOL. What a great find. I’d take it to get a “tune-up” just in case it hasn’t had one in decades.


  2. Hot Ziggity M, That is awesomeness, good karma, and just plain wonderful. They got a machine they were not using hauled away, and you got a machine you can use- and at the price can figure out how to fix it yourself if you so desire. And even if you decide to take it for service, still most likely a very reasonable “purchase.”

    The cards from an old puzzle are such a great idea. May try that out with Now5 and her mom on our next crafting day. Thanks so much!

  3. I have a similar but older model that was used in the school here. We got it for 20 bucks and it runs like a charm. I love it and use it to sew my sheep jackets up. Makes it much easier than by hand. other than that, I’m not much of a sewer so this was perfect for me. Sounds like you really lucked out! I was lucky and had my dad who has run clothing factories all his life, adjust the machine for me. Are you threading it right? That makes a huge difference. If mine came totally unthreaded I’d be in trouble. It’s kind of complicated (at least for me).

  4. I think that’s the same machine my mom had. she finally gave it up when they moved to a condo (no room), but it lasted for at least 30 years.
    Have fun!

  5. Wow that is so cool. I wasgiven my grandmothers sewing machine and I have no manual for it can you help me find one?
    Same Model every thing in cabniet look like twins

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