Lavender Love Affair

Kenmore 158.523My spiffy “new” Kenmore 158.523

I spent almost 24 hours resisting the siren song of the lavender sewing machine before heading back to Goodwill to see if she was still there.

It was…I bought her.

Her…because she’s lavender!

Boy, does she ever weigh a ton! The machine came with a plastic case in good condition and has the power cord/foot control, but was missing a presser foot/screw and the bobbin case.  There was one cam already in place, but no other accessories. I have oodles of old Singer supplies, so I’ll have to see if I have any that will work with this beauty.

When I got her home and plugged in, the light didn’t come on and I got no response from the motor. I didn’t have time to play with, so I just set everything aside until I a little more time. Goodwill has a 48 hour return policy on electronics, so I figured, worse case scenario, I could take the lavender lady back.

After a little fiddling, I ended up cleaning the contacts for the power supply and the motor absolutely purrs! She needed a new light bulb, and I happened to have the right one on hand, so I popped it in.

I found a presser foot in my sewing stuff that fits just fine. All she needs now is a bobbin case and  I think we’ll be good to go!

With a little Google-fu, found the exact (and vintage!) bobbin case on Mule Wagon Sewing for $9, half of the cost of the actual machine! Once it gets here, I’ll let you know how she sews!

From the research I did online today, I think she’s from the mid-1960s. If anyone knows for sure, I’d love  a definite date!



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16 thoughts on “Lavender Love Affair

  1. Erica

    I know this is an older post, but I just bought my own pretty 158. 🙂 Where did you get the bulb from? Mine is burned out, too, but I’ve never seen one like it before.

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      I found the bulb at a sewing machine shop. It was just a couple of dollars. If you just take the burned out one with you, a local shop can help you find what you need. Hope that helps!

  2. Penny

    Hi Jennifer, I just got this machine also and I’d love to hear about any tips or tricks you’ve learned using it! Thanks Penny

    1. Jennifer Ofenstein Post author

      Hi Penny,

      I wish I had some to share, but I went back to work shortly after acquiring my lavender beauty and have not had much chance to play with it. At this point, it’s just a beautiful machine adorning my sewing space!


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