I picked up this vintage machine the other day at my local Salvation Army. I was really excited to get it because it looked really clean and came with a manual and a box with some attachments. It’s in a cabinet, which I’m not crazy about, but that’s just my personal preference. I realize that many people like to have a cabinet to store their machines in. This one even came with the original owner’s manual for the cabinet itself. I’ve not seen that before.
I got it home, opened it up to take some pictures, and noticed that something was missing. You can see that there is a gaping hole to the right of the dials. I admit, I panicked. My vision of being able to clean this thing up and pass it on to someone else in a relatively short amount of time came to a screeching halt. Luckily, I had the owner’s manual, so I was able to easily determine that the missing part was the reverse lever. After a little searching on the internet, I was able to find the part number and a couple of places where I can get it. Ahh, the panic eased.
I plugged it in, and it seems to run smoothly. I’ll go through it and clean, oil and grease it, and hopefully the reverse lever will be easy to put in. I can then pass it on to the next lucky person.
I just purchased the same machine with the same problem. Can you please post a link to the site that you ordered the reverse lever part? How was it to install?
Steve – My “to do” pile of machines got way too large! I passed that machine on to someone else. I never did get a chance to install the reverse lever. I recall that to find it all I did was google the model # and “reverse lever” and sites that sold it came up in the results. Good luck with it!
Thanks! I have many more where they came from. I think they multiply when I’m not looking!
I think you have two beautiful pieces!
The part came in, so now it’s time to take things apart and see how to install it.
oooh that machine brings back memories. I inherited my grandmother’s Kenmore when I was 19 and it was my baby for many many years…ahh without it I wouldn’t have spiralled into quilting!