This Sears Kenmore electric machine is the latest of my vintage sewing machine finds from my favorite thrift store. Yes, we are still off-grid; however, hubby couldn’t pass up this deal apparently. She needs a name. We already have Tabitha and Dorcas, hand crank and treadle machines respectively. I’ve got it, we’ll call her “Rina” which is Hebrew for “joyous song”. Okay, since that is settled what I need to know is her model and a bit of history?
The foot pedal states Model 6816 but is that for the entire machine OR simply the foot pedal?
When we first brought her home the bobbin casing, bobbin spool, and another piece down there were floating around in the plastic base area along with old oil. Hubby “seems” to have fixed that situation. Still, I am in search of a free machine manual.
Rina is going to reside over at one of my friend’s home. When I need to get away (read that want some electricity) I can go visit her from time-to-time. Plus, if I should decide to not master the hand made button hole Rina will come in handy for techniques requiring a zig zag stitch.
Thank goodness for the Internet. This machine looks similar to mine. There she is described as a “1960s-era Sears Kenmore”. Model 158 keeps coming up but the search continues for truth. They seem to be going for just under $100.00 to about $150.00 on eBay and were manufactured in Japan. I’m feeling good that mine was $0 (tee hee hee).
I am pretty sure mine is one of the Model 158s; but there seems to be more to the model number. The ones I am seeing online look like “Model 158 xxxx”. I think I can locate the number by lifting the machine from the plastic base and checking underneath. I don’t recall seeing a number when I had it open earlier but I was more concerned with why the bobbin pieces were unattached and floating around.
If anybody has more information about this lovely please let me know. ETA: I found a free online manual in case someone else is in need.