Truly one of the prettiest Kenmore sewing machines ever made, this stunning Kenmore 158.540 is the best of everything.
It's a heavy steel sewing machine with a 1.2 Amp motor so it has all the power you'll ever need for nearly all home sewing projects. The hook and bobbin are perpendicular to the drive so the needle faces you for easier threading and for the strength of the steel gear driven hook, and the bobbin case slides in from the front of the machine rather than from the end, as on many mid-Century sewing machines.
It has great features, such as the easy, bed-mounted feed drop control and the Patch-o-Matic type sewing foot pressure adjuster which releases instantly with a touch.
It uses standard needles and standard class 15 bobbins which you'll find everywhere, though nine vintage metal bobbins will come with this machine so you won't be looking for bobbins any time soon.
TR took time away from her project, recording a new album, to make a video for this extra special machine.
Over a dozen stitch pattern cams will come with it as will the original button holer set. I'll put together a set of presser feet to go with it too. Plus, it will come with a plethora of vintage notions, goodies, and doodads, as well as the original user manual.
The beautiful and very sturdy cabinet is the companion piece to this beautiful sewing machine, and it's available Sold Separately. Since it's a large, heavy piece, you may purchase it to go with your new Kenmore 540 sewing machine, IF you can pick it up, or have it picked up, here. We will not ship it. Delivery may be available within 200 miles of Eugene, Oregon, for an additional fee.
The finish is nice over the whole cabinet, though the top has some wear and is not perfect. As you can see in the first cabinet photo, above, the finish on the right hand top leaf has come off in a few places and the furniture polish has darkened those places. We repaired a non-structural crack in the face of the top drawer, which you can see in the following photo. It's been glued and clamped, sanded and re-stained but, though we tried, we couldn't make it disappear.
This is a cabinet that was made for this heavy sewing machine and it incorporates a very strong lift-assist spring mechanism to make raising the machine easy. There is no particle board in the construction of this cabinet. It is quality construction that matches the quality of the machine it houses. Unfolded, it provides a large work area, of 19" by 69".
This Kenmore is one of those machines that's been so slightly used that it's almost a new sewing machine, yet with all of the goodness of a machine that was built back when pride and quality were at least as important as profit, and sewing machines were built to last. This Kenmore 540 has it's entire useful life ahead of it.
We've been deep inside it so it's Clean, Clean, Clean, inside and out and it's so, so pretty! This is an outstanding sewing machine, in a world of awesome mid-Century sewing machines.
Here at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine, we are passionate about what we love doing, which is restoring beautiful vintage sewing machines to the best that they can be, because we are in love with the styling, the quality of the materials, the workmanship that went into these great machines, which just can't be duplicated today.
You, seriously, cannot buy a home sewing machine this good, new, at any price.
So we search out the best of these fine machines, the ones that are very lightly used, and open them up. We disassemble the tension, the motor, the bobbin case, take off the face plate, the gear cases, the hand-wheel, the slide plate, the bottom plate, and the back access plate and get down to where the old dried-on oil and grease are. We clean out the packed-in lint and dust, remove the thread-jams, inspect the hook and the needle plate, and generally look for potential problems.
We take out the needle bar and all it's linkages and the presser foot bar and all it's parts and put them into the alcohol bath to remove the years of sticky oil buildup that bogs down a vintage machine and robs it of speed and power. We take out as much of the stitch pattern forming mechanisms as needed to get deep into each machine to free it up and then lubricate each moving part. The mains shafts, bearings, and other parts get cleaned in place to make each machine run as free and light as a new machine.
We use high-quality lubricants in all the right places, getting into those spots that aren't as obvious to the average user, and clean out the old hardened grease from the gear cases, then we test the machines to make sure that they are sewing at their best.
Each machine is tested at the restoration bench and then tested again by our quality control technician to be sure we haven't missed anything. She's not only a master technician, she's a seamstress who knows what a seam should look like.
After all of this, each machine is carefully detailed, to bring out it's original beauty. These are some of the finest examples of mid-century styling that you'll find, and we want each machine to be the very best that it can be.
We don't try to hide the scratches or chips that have been honestly earned in service to their craft, and rarely re-paint because we prefer the original paint in most cases. We like the wabi-sabi beauty of a working sewing machine. And if the stickers from the various repair shops they've seen aren't too damaged we leave those, too, so you can see were your new machine has been in it's lifetime.
Finally, because we believe in these wonderful, built-to-last machines and in the work we do, we offer this free Lifetime Guaranty: If you ever have a problem with one of our restored vintage machines, just bring or send it back to us and if we can fix it, we'll do so for free. You, of course, will pay for any parts or shipping.
Sorry, it's SOLD!
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