Restoration of a Vintage 1976/77 Kenmore Model 158.1914

Introduction This is a private restoration of a Kenmore model 1914-2 sewing machine. The serial number 0035262 identifies its year of manufacture from 1976 to 1977. Manufactured by Maruzen Sewing Machine Company, it was made in Japan, and it is a high quality all metal sewing machine, Because of its quality and capabilities, it isContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1976/77 Kenmore Model 158.1914”

Restoration of a Vintage 1959 Singer Model 185K – Millie’s Machine!

Introduction This restoration is one that is dear to my heart. You see, I have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren. The oldest is my granddaughter, Millie. She is a very talented and artistic young lady! She loves anything that requires her to use her hands and her mind… beading, crocheting, and basically anything artisticContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1959 Singer Model 185K – Millie’s Machine!”

Restoration of a Vintage 1951 Singer Model 201-2… Meet Belle!

Introduction Meet Belle, she is a Singer model 201-2 and the serial number AK553646 identifies her as a centennial machine commissioned for manufacture on July 26, 1951. What is a centennial machine? Singer began manufacturing sewing machines in 1851. They celebrated their 100th anniversary in 1951 and in commemoration of the event they changed theContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1951 Singer Model 201-2… Meet Belle!”

Restoration of an Antique 1918 Singer Model 28K Sewing Machine

Introduction Recently, a customer contacted me to help her find a Singer model 28 with a hand crank (Singer called it a hand drive). She wanted a vibrating shuttle machine and was looking at a few model 28’s on the Shopgoodwill auction site. She asked me for my impression on the machines she was lookingContinue reading “Restoration of an Antique 1918 Singer Model 28K Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1969 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1601 Sewing Machine

Introduction This Kenmore 1601 restoration is a custom order for a mechanical restoration and it’s a great opportunity to return a premium quality Kenmore to its peak performance. This particular machine is a model 158.16010 which dates it to 1969. Kenmore’s made prior to 1974 are of all metal construction and 1969/70 production dates areContinue reading “Restoration of a 1969 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1601 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1940 Singer Model 201-2

Introduction Another Singer model 201-2 restoration challenge! This is a private restoration and it like, so many vintage sewing machines, has a special story. This Singer model 201 is a family heirloom. It belonged to the customer’s mother and was undoubtedly used for many years before it was passed down to her. This machine wasContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1940 Singer Model 201-2”

Restoration of a 1959 Vintage Singer Model 403A Sewing Machine

Introduction This restoration is for a Singer model 403A sewing machine. The customer purchased the machine as “refurbished” but had difficulty with the machine breaking the top thread when sewing thru multiple layers of fabric. She took the machine into a service repair shop where they oiled the machine and replaced the original foot controllerContinue reading “Restoration of a 1959 Vintage Singer Model 403A Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1946 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine

Introduction This is a custom restoration of a wonderful Singer model 201-2 sewing machine. The story behind this machine is really a testament to the sentimental value and “part of the family” mystique these wonderful vintage sewing machines have. A history built on use and more importantly the fond memories of your mother or grandmotherContinue reading “Restoration of a 1946 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1930 Vintage Singer Model 101 Sewing Machine

Introduction To start off, I have been putting off the restoration of this Singer model 101 off for a while. To long actually, because it is a restoration I really wanted to do but just couldn’t get to. My hesitancy is mostly due to the complexity of the machine and the fact that I haveContinue reading “Restoration of a 1930 Vintage Singer Model 101 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1913 Vintage Singer Model 127

Introduction This is a custom original finish restoration and a great opportunity to restore a fine sewing machine to sew like new and stabilize the original but care worn Sphinx decals and beautiful black Japanned paint and protect them from further wear. Before undertaking a restoration like this, I think it is important to knowContinue reading “Restoration of a 1913 Vintage Singer Model 127”

Restoration of a 1975/76 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1941 Sewing Machine

Introduction This is a custom order restoration for another great Kenmore model 158.1941 sewing machine! In case you are not familiar with the model 1941, before I get started I will tell you a little bit about the machines history and features. Kenmore offered three machines in model 158.1941 lineup first introduced 1n 1975/76 asContinue reading “Restoration of a 1975/76 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1941 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of an Antique 1919 Singer Model 66 “Red Eye” Sewing Machine

Introduction The Singer model 66 is truly one of Singer’s fine iconic sewing machines. First introduced in America in October of 1902 and produced there until 1956 and was also produced in Scotland as the 66K until 1960. Singer claimed (and many believe) that the Singer model 66 was the first mass produced sewing machineContinue reading “Restoration of an Antique 1919 Singer Model 66 “Red Eye” Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1976 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1941 – A Gift for Beth

Introduction My sister Beth moved into a new house and when she was packing, cleaning and clearing stuff out in preparation for the move, she gave me our Mom’s 1938 vintage Singer 201-2. For it’s memories and sentimental value it is my favorite machine… Lucky for me the 201 is also Singer’s finest straight stitchContinue reading “Restoration of a 1976 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1941 – A Gift for Beth”

Restoration of a 1971-72 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1802 Sewing Machine – A Gift for Amelia

The Kenmore model 158.1802 is the flagship of the Kenmore model 158 sewing machine line. When the 1802 was introduced in 1968, Kenmore claimed it was their best sewing machine. They went so far as to emblazon this claim on their badge for all to see, so who am I to argue? I will goContinue reading “Restoration of a 1971-72 Vintage Kenmore Model 158.1802 Sewing Machine – A Gift for Amelia”

Restoration of a “Very Early” Singer Model 28 Sewing Machine – Carole’s Machine

This restoration is for me… well, actually it is for my Wife. This machine was my Wife’s first vibrating shuttle machine. My Wife is a “vintage” person at heart. We share this interest, but she truly experiences it. A vibrating shuttle machine really appealed to her and knowing that a machine made in the lateContinue reading “Restoration of a “Very Early” Singer Model 28 Sewing Machine – Carole’s Machine”

Restoration of an Adler 187 Sewing Machine

This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with an Adler sewing machine. I have had the opportunity to familiarize myself with many different makes and models of sewing machines, but this is my first Adler. Overall I am very impressed with the machine. The Adler 187 was manufactured in West Germany by the Duerkopp-AdlerContinue reading “Restoration of an Adler 187 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1950’s-1960’s Yellow Atlas “Window-Matic” Precision Sewing Machine

I have come across these distinctive machines in pink, but this is the first one I have seen in yellow… It is an Atlas badged sewing machine with Brother written all over it. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since Brother manufactured the Atlas line of sewing machines, but it is a little bitContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1950’s-1960’s Yellow Atlas “Window-Matic” Precision Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1946 Vintage Singer Model 15-91

This restoration is a vintage Singer model 15-91… made special by her date of manufacture. The serial number of AG769262 places the date at July 31, 1946. To me, this means two things… First, it was the first production year Singer began making sewing machines following World War 2. Why? Singer stopped sewing machine manufactureContinue reading “Restoration of a 1946 Vintage Singer Model 15-91”

Restoration of a 1958 Vintage Singer 185K Sewing Machine

Hello! The feature image is our dog Ruby… I don’t want to spoil the surprise of this restoration, so I thought she would stand in for a cute picture! The subject of this blog is actually the restoration of a Singer 185K sewing machine, and this restoration is cathartic for me. The idea was toContinue reading “Restoration of a 1958 Vintage Singer 185K Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1925 Vintage Singer Model 127-1 “Sphinx”

Every Singer sewing machine of this vintage has a story to tell. Most of the time it is clouded in memories of generations past and based on stories retold over several generations. Some will remember their Grandmother mending a dress for a special occasion and share that special memory with their son or daughter, whoContinue reading “Restoration of a 1925 Vintage Singer Model 127-1 “Sphinx””

Restoration of a 1970/71 (or is it a 1977) Vintage Kenmore Model 158.15160 Sewing Machine

It is pretty unusual for a Kenmore model to span model years. Only thing I can figure is that after 1971, the model 1516 was no longer manufactured. A few years later, Kenmore must have figured they had a winner and “reintroduced” it in 1977. I don’t know the true answer, but I actually thinkContinue reading “Restoration of a 1970/71 (or is it a 1977) Vintage Kenmore Model 158.15160 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1969/1970 Kenmore Model 158.16011 Sewing Machine

Here’s another 1601! This is one Kenmore machine that seems to be slightly overshadowed by the venerable model 1802. That’s unfortunate because they are both fantastic high quality and well made sewing machines. Given the 1601 is a center homing needle machine and otherwise nearly identical to the 1802, I think it actually has anContinue reading “Restoration of a 1969/1970 Kenmore Model 158.16011 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1974-75 Kenmore Model 158.14301 Sewing Machine

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 theContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1974-75 Kenmore Model 158.14301 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1956 Singer Model 15-125 Sewing Machine… Mint Green?

This restoration is for a Singer Model 15-125 with serial number AM457278 manufactured on March 8, 1956. Under the surface, the model 15-125 is the same machine as it’s model 15-91 predecessor manufactured from 1932’s until 1956. Mechanically, there is no difference between the two. They both use the Singer PH Potted motor, both areContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1956 Singer Model 15-125 Sewing Machine… Mint Green?”

Restoration of a Vintage 1970-71 Kenmore Model 158.1601

Kenmores of this vintage are great sewing machines. Often understated, they are very popular among folks that know Kenmore branded for what they are… durable all metal sewing machines with a wealth of features suited for just about any sewing task imaginable. If there is anything I have learned from working on these machines, isContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1970-71 Kenmore Model 158.1601”

Restoration of an Antique Singer Model 15K “Sphinx” Sewing Machine

This is going to be an interesting restoration. It’s an antique Singer model 15K made in January or June of 1918. Think about that for a moment. What was the world like in 1918? History records that World War I was almost over and the Spanish flu pandemic had recently emerged. Considering this machine wasContinue reading “Restoration of an Antique Singer Model 15K “Sphinx” Sewing Machine”

Restoration of Carole’s 1950 Vintage Singer 201-2… New Paint and Decals

So, this post is a little different from my other restoration blogs. In essence, it is a year long journey of starts and stops. Of finding difficult to find parts, and finally completing the restoration of this 1950 Singer 201-2. Here’s the story… I purchased this 201 for my Wife Carole with the intention ofContinue reading “Restoration of Carole’s 1950 Vintage Singer 201-2… New Paint and Decals”

Restoration of a 1948 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine

Once again I find myself in front of a Singer 201-2 sewing machine. I also have a cup of coffee that I am nursing as I evaluate it… yep, coffee and sewing machine restoration goes together like peas and carrots. I always enjoy going over these machines to figure out what they need to beContinue reading “Restoration of a 1948 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a 1952 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine – A Gift for Pat

This restoration is for a Singer model 201-2 with serial number AL293805. It was one of fifteen thousand 201’s commissioned for manufacture on December 18, 1952 and it has a story… actually it has two stories. The first is its history. This 201 was purchased new and given by a man as a gift toContinue reading “Restoration of a 1952 Vintage Singer Model 201-2 Sewing Machine – A Gift for Pat”

Restoration of a 1925 Vintage Singer Model 66 “Red Eye” Sewing Machine

This restoration is for a Singer 66 Red Eye. I’ve been looking to do one of these for a while, but I needed a machine that had decent decals. If you look at the closely at decorative and complex colorful decals, you will see what I mean. There is a lot of detail in theContinue reading “Restoration of a 1925 Vintage Singer Model 66 “Red Eye” Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1925 Singer Model 15-30 “Tiffany” Sewing Machine

This restoration is for a beautiful Singer sewing machine. Made in 1925, this Singer model 15 is a jewel. The “Tiffany” decals, also referred to as “Gingerbread” decals, are in excellent condition. Sure, there are a few places that could use some attention, but these will be addressed in the restoration. Everything about this machineContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1925 Singer Model 15-30 “Tiffany” Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a “Pink” Atlas Precision Sewing Machine

There is something about these pink Atlas machines that folks love. For many, it is the retro styling and distinctive color. For me, it is the smooth running and the high quality of it’s stitch and manufacture. All in all and between us, it is a win-win and this Atlas has something about it thatContinue reading “Restoration of a “Pink” Atlas Precision Sewing Machine”

Restoration of a Vintage 1941 Singer Model 66

Today I am restoring a 1941 Singer model 66. This restoration has an interesting story. Not the machine. it’s story is well known… anyone who has, or knows someone who has a model 66 probably knows a little bit about the machine, or at least made the observation that it is a solid, heavy, andContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage 1941 Singer Model 66”

Restoration of a Vintage Kenmore Model 158.14101

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 “eyeContinue reading “Restoration of a Vintage Kenmore Model 158.14101”