The show gave me the shivers!
In our household we use the line frequently; room for one more piece of pizza, room for one more on the couch, room for one more (puppy), etc. We say, "room for one more" in our household with the secret knowledge we're really quoting Twilight Zone. But is this a line said by sewing enthusiasts when confronted with the opportunity of adding another machine to their sewing room? Or is it:
Do I really need it?
How many machines can I possibly use?
Am I sure?
Those would be the litany of questions a reasonable individual would ask themselves.
My brain must work on a different wave length because I saw a sewing machine at an estate sale and I wanted it without even taking it out of the case, or knowing what it was or if it even ran. Off I went with the sweet little rose covered case with the machine tucked inside. I had a feeling and I went with it out the door of the estate sale.
When I got home, I took it out of the case. It was small and quite sweet and a big bonus was all the parts were there sans the manual.
I have sewn on Kenmore machines in my early sewing days. While I was in high school I had a turquoise colored Kenmore Stylist which replaced the old Singer with the electrical short in the knee pedal I used for my first sewing projects. Then there was a Kenmore machine with cams that popped in the top for decorative stitches I used when first married. I gave up on my last Kenmore in 1983 when I switched political parties....I mean.... sewing companies to a Bernina.
|Ruler included in the picture to capture the size. No nicks, dings, marks, or abusive wear!|
What a surprise to find out the machine is referred to by collectors as a Kenmore Featherweight. The model number is a 158.10402 produced only for 18 months from 1974-75. It is 3/4 the size of a regular Kenmore, all mechanical and a heavy frame (no plastic gears). Yes heavy...meaning when you want to go fast and have your foot on the pedal all the way to the floor, the machine won't shake apart while sewing. It's sturdy. It reminds me of a Bernina 801 Sport.
The bonuses of the Kenmore (vs. Featherweight) are with the capability of basic stitches beyond the straight stitch; zigzag, hemming, buttonhole, and ability to drop feed dogs with ease for mending (haven't tried machine quilting on it and I don't think I ever would - and this is because I have machines just for machine quilting).
|A little extension flips up on the left to give more support to your fabric when sewing and flips down when you store the machine in its case.|
|The accessory case is in a hidden compartment in the front.|
|It sews a nice even stitch.|
|The lever to the right drops the feed dogs.|
If you have the opportunity to come upon this little machine, don't hesitate purchasing it. It is perfect for a future sewing diva and surpasses any of the small "first" machines out on the market (especially with cost).
You can download the manual for operating the machine for free from Sears. No surprises; it operates the same as other mechanical machines. The instructions are basic and clearly illustrated for a young sewer to reference (especially when it comes to putting in the bobbin properly or threading the machine). It's always a good idea to have the instructions for making buttonholes as the steps can be forgotten if not done frequently.
"Room for one more?"
*Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) passed today. Bradbury, a science-fiction author, wrote several of the scripts for the Twilight Zone series. May the angels guide his next journey.*
September 11, 2012 update: