I have kind of a silly attachment to my sewing machines. I think that's the one thing that prevents me from collecting vintage sewing machines...it makes me sad to see a sewing machine sitting idle. Silly, but true.
My first sewing machine was a Kenmore that I got for my wedding. My husband was actually the one who wanted it - I had absolutely no interest. Obviously I took it up eventually. My Kenmore was okay, but I wasn't crazy about it. Then I saw this in a local thrift shop.
I didn't want to keep my old Kenmore (remember, idle sewing machines make me irrationally sad) so I gave it to someone I knew from college. I was so happy it went to a good home.
The only thing I regret about my Brother is that it doesn't have dropping feed dogs. I knew that vintage machines did, so I kept an eye out and last week found this.
My beautiful Kenmore 52. The model number is 158.523. I tried a little free motion quilting on it, and it was going well until I bent my needle. I can't wait to replace it.