Remember my thrift store post awhile back? It’s okay if you don’t! During that shopping trip, I bought a vintage Kenmore sewing machine for $20. I had no idea if it worked but it sure was beautiful. I figured that if it didn’t work, at least the money went to charity (we bought it at Salvation Army). Shortly after I wrote that post, I pulled it out to see if it ran. To my surprise, it did! It stuck a bit and the cord was a bit frayed. Being the cautious person that I am, I decided that I wouldn’t use the machine until I got it fixed. Last weekend, Phillip’s grandfather replaced the bad cord and oiled the machine. It takes a second to get going but once it does, it’s a powerhouse. I still need to find a place to put a sewing table but I’m so happy to finally have a machine of my own. I’ve always sewn by hand and if you’ve ever done it, you know that it sucks.
Now that it’s working, I’ve been doing a lot of research about the machine. It’s a Kenmore 117-813, originally produced in 1954. White manufactured the machine and Sears sold it under their Kenmore brand name. Sears marketed it as a “Kenmore Deluxe Rotary” sewing machine. I’d love to find out how much it sold for originally. Here are some more pictures of my beautiful sewing machine:
Anyways, I am totally in love with this sewing machine and I can’t wait to start cranking out some sewing projects. Any ideas?