One of the finest examples of a vintage Kenmore sewing machine, this gorgeous Kenmore 158.882 Tri-Span 88-Automatic has just come off our restoration bench here at Stagecoach Road Vintage Sewing Machine Restoration and she's not just looking great, but sewing like a new machine.
A close realative of the famous Kenmore 900 series (904, 905), she has all of the power you would expect from a 904 with an added elegance and some nice extra features, like the simple stitch width lock that ensures that your forward and reverse stitches remain the same length, and the stitch expander that elongates the decorative stitches from your drop-in pattern cams for even more variety.
This metal machine has the power to sew material that will make the average plastic machine of today quail in terror, and for good reason. The all-steel Tri Span 88 is capable of sewing multiple layers of heavy material and even garment leather.
You'll use universal needles and standard class 15 bobbins, the most common in the world and available everywhere, and with the included set of Stitch Pattern Cams, you'll sew scads of attractive patterns and utility stitches that will make your creations stand out.
She features a push-button feed drop, and a push-button reverse so there's no distraction from your stitch when you want to use either feature, and with the locking stitch width feature you can choose to lock the width or to play freely with the width, creating fantastic swoops and ribbons.
You've heard it said that, "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To", and that's because they really can't. The Corporate bottom line mandates that profit is far more important than quality, so most modern machines are pretty much disposables, to be used for a year or two and then replaced with another cheap disposable.
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, and over the decades we've restored over one thousand worthy sewing machines, and shipped them all over the country and beyond.
Why? 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 main 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.
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 where 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.
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