This is my Kenmore 158.10500. I bought this one at Goodwill several months ago. I see examples of these "small 158" machines on Ebay all the time. However, this model I have not seen. There is no tension knob like the 1030 and the 1040. It has a thumb wheel and the thread slips between two discs under the top. A small, but heavy-duty machine from the mid 70s with a plastic clam-shell case and all accessories.
My next machine recently acquired is a Singer 404. It has a wooden case covered in vinyl. This is a straight-stitch machine built in 1959. This machine is gear driven and quite a looker and sewer. The attachments and owner's manual were included.
This one is 3/4 size and comes in a wooden case covered in blue vinyl.
I am thrilled to have another Free-Westinghouse. I might have to name this one since it is related to Alice.
Look at the unusual friction drive.
It also has this strange spring drive bobbin winder. The spring is attached when wanting to wind the bobbin.
My last find I purchased yesterday is a Necchi model BU. This was also a thrift store find. I wasn't going to buy any more machines for a while, but this was too interesting to pass. I did pass on a Singer Touch and Throw and a newer Necchi made in Taiwan. This one was built between 48 and 50 in Italy. It has a bent-wood case, the attachments, and the manual. What a heavy machine! I am afraid to weigh it, it might break the scale. It is one of the first zig-zaggers in the US. I cannot believe how smooth this machine is. When reading reviews online, all I can find are reviews of high praise.
Enough of new machines. Now I just need to decide what machine to use with my next project.
My next blog will be the finish of Joe's lounge pants.
Thanks for stopping.