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1940s Kenmore Sewing Machine ~ For Sale :)

Regular readers of my blog… this is for advertisement only … no need to comment unless interested 🙂

For your consideration I have a great find for you.. a vintage antique 1940’s Kenmore Sewing Machine in it’s ORIGINAL cabinet!  Model 117-552…

This awesome sewing machine by Kenmore is a workhorse straight stitch machine with reverse…

It has a black crinkle finish which was popular in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  Also known in Singer world as a “godzilla” finish.  Basically it is a matte finish on purpose that was super durable and still is!!!

You can see minor chipping on the crinkle finish of the light…

but this machine has been completely and professionally serviced.. the cabinet has been redone with beautiful black shiny metal hinges and the gunstock stain on the white oak cabinet just makes it all shine naturally…

All closed up it measures 23 1/2″ wide x 17 1/2″ deep x 30″ tall.

Check out the beautiful cabinetry that happens with vintage antique items… love that craftsmanship for sure!

There are also a host of attachments that go with this Kenmore as well as the original manual describing how to oil and thread the machine as well as how to use the attachments it comes with!

This machine is threaded and will be threaded for pick up.  I used a dark blue thread on top and a light pink thread on the bottom to test out the final tension settings and ALL IS PERFECT as you can see in these close ups 🙂

Care for this machine will only require adding a bottle of Singer sewing machine oil to your stash for use about every 8 hours of use of the machine is recommended for optimum use.  This machine has lots of work still left to do so get this beautiful cabinet with the hidden gem of a machine inside and buy USA!

Kenmore was being made by White Manufacturing at this time… this machine was made in Ohio, USA.

I love the sewing caddy on the inside of the door and the knee pedal operation.. gives you a feel as you sew experience that you miss with a foot pedal that most machines come with these days.

The cord folds up inside the cabinet body for a sleek cabinet when closed and as I said earlier… a real workhorse of a machine when open and used… open the top measures 47 inches long!!!

Thanks for your time and consideration of this great sewing machine.

Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in picking this up at the email listed below.

Have a blessed day.


Refinishing an Antique ~ Sanding, Staining and Upholstering

Saturday was a busy day for us.  My honey finished the telephone table and I watched “The Bible” on the History Channel and cross stitched… and helped with upholstering a little bit too!  I love using my Gingher scissors 😀

So after stripping and cleaning it is time to sand then pick out the color stain you think.  We did a shout out of facebook and we think the piece we have is a hard maple wood but it is just gorgeous once we stained it!  And used spar varnish in a satin to protect it and add that shine!

Next it was time to upholster it 🙂  That is where I got to play 🙂

Covering the bottom with fresh cushion…

And stapling on fresh new fabric 🙂

See how beautiful the tone on tone almost like it is embossed fabric weave is??!!!
So now the bottom is done… time to attack the back piece 🙂

And once that was finished it was too dark for pics… but luckily it didn’t rain this morning so we took it outside for it’s debut!

Tada!  Now it is happily sitting in our new foyer… pics of it there will come soon!


I cross stitch… still on the pale yellow color

Have a blessed day!  Hope you had an enjoyable visit watching our telephone table come to life 🙂


Refinishing an antique ~ Part 1 Stripping and cleaning

And taking it all apart!  I am amazed as I watch my honey refinish an antique telephone table we have.  We purchased this old telephone on Ebay to go on it and now he is acting like he is racing the phone getting here to having the table ready for it! lol

So here is what the table looked like when my bff Brandy gave it to us… I found a pic with this in the background.

So excuse the wood in your way but notice that nice bland paint???  On a beautiful hard wood piece!

Here is the shelf showing you a close up of that bland color next to the dark green geometric polyester feel fabric… so our plans… this is where I get involved! lol  Is to take all the old finished off

Working on that one now 🙂

We are using a gel that works slower but is safer to inhale without a respirator.  I bought him gloves but this gel stays gel like absorbing the paint and varnish so he has scraped it without them!  Wow!!

We did buy an inexpensive brush you can see above for this job but so far (and this part is almost done) the brush looks good as new when he finishes for a time and rinses it out.

We are currently contemplating stain colors but are pretty sure we are gonna use fabric that looks like this…

I think it is soooo elegant and just timeless in it’s texture and pattern.  It is expensive fabric but it is on sale right now at JoAnn;s and if it goes off sale I will just use my handy smartphone app for a coupon code!  Yay 🙂

As for me… in the meantime… I have been running errands and cross stitching… wanna see how much progress I have made???

Doesn’t look much different does it???  Eventually I will use other colors and start filling it in and it will come to life but cross stitch requires patience… and that is something I am needing to work on.

And in the mail today we got the phone… so a little staging before we stain and varnish is in order!

Isn’t it going to be cute with mahogany red stain and the light cream upholstering?? Yay us!

Hope you have a blessed ending to your week.  Thanks for visiting with me!