Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Newest Acquisition - Kenmore Model 158.1410

I picked up this vintage machine the other day at my local Salvation Army.  I was really excited to get it because it looked really clean and came with a manual and a box with some attachments.  It's in a cabinet, which I'm not crazy about, but that's just my personal preference.  I realize that many people like to have a cabinet to store their machines in.  This one even came with the original owner's manual for the cabinet itself.  I've not seen that before.

I got it home, opened it up to take some pictures, and noticed that something was missing.  You can see that there is a gaping hole to the right of the dials.  I admit, I panicked.  My vision of being able to clean this thing up and pass it on to someone else in a relatively short amount of time came to a screeching halt.  Luckily, I had the owner's manual, so I was able to easily determine that the missing part was the reverse lever.  After a little searching on the internet, I was able to find the part number and a couple of places where I can get it.  Ahh, the panic eased.

I plugged it in, and it seems to run smoothly.  I'll go through it and clean, oil and grease it, and hopefully the reverse lever will be easy to put in.  I can then pass it on to the next lucky person. 

Here's a picture of the button holer that came with it:

I'm looking forward to seeing how well this machine sews.


  1. oooh that machine brings back memories. I inherited my grandmother's Kenmore when I was 19 and it was my baby for many many years...ahh without it I wouldn't have spiralled into quilting!

  2. The part came in, so now it's time to take things apart and see how to install it.

  3. I think you have two beautiful pieces!

  4. Thanks! I have many more where they came from. I think they multiply when I'm not looking!

  5. I just purchased the same machine with the same problem. Can you please post a link to the site that you ordered the reverse lever part? How was it to install?


    1. Steve - My "to do" pile of machines got way too large! I passed that machine on to someone else. I never did get a chance to install the reverse lever. I recall that to find it all I did was google the model # and "reverse lever" and sites that sold it came up in the results. Good luck with it!


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