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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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