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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / checking out a "new" vintage machine on: February 24, 2012 02:23:29 PM
I am an experienced sewer with a machine that serves my purposes for the time being; however, I recently inherited a machine from my husband's grandmother that I don't really need or want.  My hope is to donate it to a friend who works with local refugee families who would like to be able to make clothing and household items.

Anyway, before handing it off, I want to be sure it is in good working order, so I want to test it out and make sure the basic functions are working (straight and zig zag stitches, working backstitch, buttonhole functions working, etc.).

The tricky thing is that it is a 1960's model Kenmore, lots and lots of special feet and a ruffler attachment, buttonhole maker, etc.  Aparently it was top of the line in its day.  It has only been used once or twice and it pretty much in its original packaging.  I don't think it's ever been serviced or oiled either.

So, does anyone know if I might inadvertently mess it up since it's not been used in so long?  Is there anything I should be careful of when I use it?

Thanks!
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