This is not the first 158.1430 I have restored. I’ve done a few. The 1430, and it’s kissing cousin the 158.1410, are in my opinion one of the best full size all purpose garment making sewing machine Kenmore produced in their long list of 158 series sewing machines. That’s why I am always on the lookout for the right 1430 to list in our Etsy shop Pungoliving. That’s not to say that other Kenmore’s are lacking in any respect, it’s just that these machines have just enough features to tackle just about any sewing project. It is not a cam compatible machine so it does not have 30+ stitch patterns to choose from. But the 11 built in stitches include enough stretch stitches to accommodate just about any sewing project (where you don’t need 30+ mostly decorative stitches) you can imagine… and they are tough.
Made in 1974 between 1975, with the exception of the plastic balance wheel ring, and other cosmetic features (panels and dials), this is an all metal sewing machine. This is particularly important as the internal cams, gears, linkages, and assemblies are metal, and this is what gives these machines such longevity.
Similar to many Kenmore 158 series machine, it has a 1.0 amp motor, a reduction belt drive to power the machine, drop feed dogs, hyper lift foot extension (lift), and a class 15 oscillating hook. For this machine, it is a center homing needle and a low shank presser foot.
The condition of this machine was very good to start with. the sewing assembly was free of old oil varnish so commonly found on these machines. The paint is in excellent condition with only a few small scratches and chips here and there. The Plastic balance wheel and stop motion knob has yellowed from age (So commonly found that I call it “Kenmore yellow”), but this can be corrected to return them to their original color. An excellent candidate for restoration, I am looking for a great outcome.
So, moving on to the restoration, here is the machine in it’s original condition.
Looking at the mechanisms, all that is required is minimal disassembly and cleaning.
This is done with the goal of removing any old, dust, dirt, and lint. The cleaned mechanisms are re-lubricated with sewing machine oil.
Part of any restoration is to disassemble the motor and polish the commutator. This motor refurbishing restores the motor’s power and performance.
The next step is one I know needs to be performed without even looking first… it is the same on all Kenmore’s I’ve seen of this vintage, and I’ll bet it’s the same for any Kenmore you see. The grease in the oscillating gear case has hardened and needs to be replaced. Just as I suspected, here’s what you will find.
The old grease hardens and no longer lubricates the gears. All of this old grease is removed, the gears are cleaned, and the gear case is repacked with new grease.
The various parts such as the plate on the bobbin race cover and the bobbin case spring is removed for cleaning… these areas accumulate dirt and grime.
The yellowed parts are restored to their original color.
Now the tension assembly is disassembled and cleaned.
Finally, the body of the sewing machine is deep cleaned. All of the assemblies are reassembled in the machine, oiled, and adjusted. The only little thing remaining is the scratches. They are very minor on this machine and hardly worth mentioning, but with all of the effort to ensure the machine runs like new, why not make it look like new? This is done my color matching the paint color and blending in the scratches with an air brush. The following pictures show these scratches side by side, before and after.
This machine came to me absent a case. For practical reasons, and because it will look great together, I built a custom pine base for the machine to sit in. Even though this machine will sew on a table without a base… a quality base compliments a quality machine.
Well, that’s about all that needed to be done to restore this 1430 to look and sew like new. The outcome for this machine is not surprising, it sews quietly for a Kenmore, has great piercing power, and all the stitches are excellent. It is an excellent example of a 158.1430 and with simple oiling and cleaning, it is ready and willing to sew reliably for years to come.
Here is the machine before restoration…
Here is the machine after restoration…
If you like what you see please visit our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/pungoliving, and see this beautiful model Kenmore 158.14301 and all of our other restored fine quality vintage sewing machines. If you have any questions, please contact Lee at Pungoliving@gmail.com.