I got a Kenmore sewing machine today, similar to this:
(Not the same, but this was the closest thing I could find on Ebay.)
Does anyone else have a Kenmore of the same era? What bobbins do you use?
I'm using my plastic Singer bobbins, and they work fine IN the machine... they don't work so well when I want to wind the bobbin. The space in the middle (where it actually winds on) must be slightly too small, so the knob you push over (that should fit into that space), won't lock into place. Thus, I have to hold that knob over to make the bobbin wind. This does work remarkably well, but I could tell after I had wound the bobbin that I have shaved off part of the bobbin doing this.
Any suggestions? (Maybe I should be using the metal bobbins...hmmm.)
I've drawn all over your picture , but here's what I can figure out.
The area in red tells you what the stitch length is. You use the knob to change the length. I'm GUESSING that 4 would be a basting stitch and 0 would be a very small stitch. Of course, mess with this to make sure I am right.
The area in blue is your needle position. Left, Middle/Center, Right.
The area in green is your stitch width. If you're just doing a straight stitch, you'll want to leave it on 0. If you're doing a zig-zag, though, move that according to how wide you want it to zig, 1 being narrow, 4 being wide.
The areas in yellow are for winding your bobbin (I assume you know that, but since I was explaining anyway, I figured I'd toss that in for good measure).
And the area in white....w/o seeing the machine, I'm not sure. Could be the on/off knob...or the feed dog drop lever....or the reverse button. Helpful, huh? 'Course, you've probably got that part figured out already.
Hope I was of some help and didn't completely confuse you!
Mine is a 260, I think, so it's not quite as old as yours, but it's up there in years. I paid $75 for mine, and it has some definate tension issues, so yours is a steal! Despite the tension problems (which I'm sure are fixable, I just haven't take it in, yet), I am in love w/ this machine. You're right: it sews SO much more quietly than any new machine.
Mine came with a ton of feet, too, and they're all described in the manual. I can't imagine that the function or over all appearance of feet change that much over 10-20 years; if you'd like, I can copy that part of the manual for you. (I also have an extra case for orgnaizing them better, if you'd like. When we bought a tackle box, to use as a tool box, it came with two organizer cases. It looks exactly like this:
I used one for my feet, but have an extra, so if you can use it, I'd be happy to send it along, for shipping.)
I'm a dork, so you're daughter may not like these at all, but I think they're brilliant
In sixth grade, I went as a picnic table. I took a big piece of cardboard and painted it with red and white checks. Then I glued food cut out of magazines to paper plates, and glued the plates to the "table." I think I glued/taped down some plastic silverware, too. We rigged up some shoulder straps for it.
I've also seen Laundry. You take the cheapest laundry basket you can buy, and cut a hole in the bottom so you can wear it around your waist/hips/body and create suspender like straps to hold it up. Blow up balloons for bubbles to put in the basket, put some clothes in it, and some empty soap bottles. This isn't NEARLY as cool as the one I saw, but it was the only picture I could find; it'll give you the gist of what I'm talking about at least:
What a stupid rule, btw. I'd tell them not to bother at all next year.
Which is somewhat a leap of faith. I'm preg., but we're not going to find out what it is. I figure even if I don't end up needing it I can: a.) save it for a future child of mine b.) save it for a future child of someone else's c.) give it to charity d.) use it as a dust cloth (Okay, so maybe d. was a joke )
I just bought the pattern today, though (20% off at the local variety store, no less!), so needless to say, I haven't gotten very far on it!
So I made this for GirlFriday in exchange for a Christmas CD she burned me (okay, so it's really late). The song on the CD I really wanted was "I Want a Hippotomus for Christmas," so I felt this was appropriate:
There is a flap on the back to slide the pillow in. It looks a bit more....cow-like...than I planned, but hopefully she'll like it. (And, I already have a cow cover in the works!)