Kenmore 158.650

A new sewing machine followed me home yesterday. I absolutely did not need another machine, but it was only $30 and was super clean, so I bought it even though it didn’t have a manual or accessories.

Kenmore 158.650

It is a tank of a machine. 40 lbs — I weighed it — and look how stripped down and minimal the exterior is. That was part of its appeal!

It makes a beautiful straight stitch but is almost as loud as a tank, too. This week I’ll attempt to diagnose what is causing all the noise. It has a single cam in it, so I also need to check out what that does and try to locate a plain zig zag cam for it.

There’s already a first project planned for this baby, too.

Kenmore 158 back

If anyone has any experience with a machine like this, or knows what this dial on the back does, I’d love to hear about it. Sears is out of manuals for this machine.

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18 thoughts on “Kenmore 158.650

  1. Beautiful! I’m a sucker for vintage machines. I might have the file for you from a couple enthusiast sites I belong to. Seeing if I can find it on there for you. Cheers, Kristen

  2. The machine will be quieter if you put a carpet square under it, Magic! I even put one under my Bernina.

    Sears bought machines from a number of companies, including White Westinghouse. You might check their website for machines that look like yours.

  3. This machine has a set of cams that works in it, I have the same machine, but did not get the cams either , but lady who had my machine said she still has the cams and will give them to me, I just haven’t made an attempt to go get them.

    • Cheryl, it seems a little noisy to me, but has a nice stitch and I do have it in rotation with my other machines. I use them all, so no one gets hurt feelings.

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