Up for restoration is another Kenmore! This model 1410 was manufactured in 1972-73 and is an all metal machine. I like this machine for several reasons. It is powerful with a 1,2 amp motor and double reduction belt drive, it has 11 stitches, including a good selection of stretch stitches and even a decorative “eye brow” stitch… that’s probably not the name of the actual stitch, but it’s what my Wife calls it. It has a class 15 front loading vertical bobbin and uses a standard 15×1 needle. It is twin needle capable, has drop feed dogs, and a drive mechanism for the excellent button hole attachment, and others.
Typical of this vintage Kenmore that I restore, the finish is in great condition. There are a few small chips here and there, but nothing that captures the eye. The machine is in good mechanical condition, the drive mechanisms are generally clean and devoid of the brown oil varnish I so often see. I have some extra time and I’m in no rush, so I decided to take this restoration a little further for this machine. I want to see what lurks inside of the rotating parts. I don’t expect to find much, because as a general rule, Kenmore’s are pretty clean in these areas. But, I’m going to disassemble the needle bar, presser foot bar, and the feed dog connecting rod cap, and the entire rotating assembly in the head of the machine. The motor and tension mechanisms will be restored, and the gear box will be cleaned and re-greased. The balance wheel has yellowed and will be restored to it’s original color.
Here is the machine before restoration.
The first step is to disassemble the sewing machine head.
The parts are laid out for ultrasonic cleaning… but they don’t look bad at all.
After cleaning the parts are wire brushed for good measure.
Then the needle bar and presser foot bar are polished smooth as glass.
These parts are reassembled in the machine.
Now the bobbin assembly and race is disassembled and cleaned.
The cleaned parts are ultrasonically cleaned and wire brushed.
The parts are reassembled in the machine.
The feed dog connecting rod and shaft are cleaned.
Now the gear box is opened to remove the old grease, clean, and re-grease. If you have a Kenmore of this vintage, you can be certain your grease looks like this… they all do. It’s easy to clean and you do not need to remove all traces of old grease. The only object of this exercise is to fill the case with new grease. The machine will run quieter, and you won’t need to worry about lubricating the gears for a long time.
Next the motor is disassembled and restored. The Armature and commutator is polished, the brushes are inspected, and the oil wicks recharged with oil.
Now the tension mechanisms are disassembled and cleaned.
The balance wheel that was yellowed from age has been restored to it’s original color.
All of the mechanisms in the sewing arm are cleaned and oiled at all moving and friction parts. The metal cam gears are coated with a thin layer of Tri-flow grease. Everything looks great here. Now the body of the machine is deep cleaned and glaze polished for a beautiful shine, and everything is checked for adjustment.
Now the restoration is complete. As usual, the machine sews great and all of the functions and controls are smooth… not much else to do to a Kenmore, so this 158.14101 is ready to be used and enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the quality and durability that Kenmore sewing machines of this vintage have to offer!
So as usual… here is the before…
And here is the after…
So why do I go to such lengths disassembling and cleaning a Kenmore? Well, that’s because Kenmore made a fine quality all metal sewing machine. Often disregarded by folks not familiar with them, and sought out by folks who are, the Kenmores manufactured in Japan are just great all around sewing machines. They offer a good selection of stitches for garment making, they have powerful motors whose power is amplified by a reduction belt drive system, and have a very useful hyper extension that provides an extra high presser foot lift. The independent drive mechanism under the bed powers the many attachments offered, and the Kenmore button hole attachment is one of the best out there you will find on a vintage machine. All in all, they are a great machine, and worthy of the extra time and effort it takes to rejuvenate them to sew at the peak of their performance.
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