Sears Canada closed their doors almost a year ago, and so many of us probably remember when the Christmas catalogue was the best thing ever.
I was coming back from a house call yesterday, which was an enjoyable visit where I fixed and set up an industrial machine, added a ruler foot to a long arm quilting machine, and had to deal with some hyper affectionate puppies. It is an occupational hazard and I do carry liver treats for the cats and dogs I so often meet.
I stopped by the thrift store to drop off some donations and wandered around, found this later model Kenmore which looks like it was never used, and could not leave her behind.
She runs smoothly and quietly, makes a rather excellent stitch, and in looking, I see that Sears in the US does not even carry Kenmore branded machines any more, these models were made by Janome and tend to be rather well made with a steel chassis and decent build quality.
I have already ordered a set of accessories and this machine should make someone very happy, they really don’t get any easier to use than this.
The Bernina 530 debuted in 1954 as their first “semi automatic” and laid the groundwork for their domination of the upscale market, the Record series are some of the nicest machines ever conceived.
In most respects using one is like using a completely modern machine.
1958 was the last year year they used a scripted font, and in 1959 they added a ruler gauge on the bed, and brightened up the colours a little. They also changed the stitch width and buttonhole stop control.
We have so many repairs in the shop and machines in the queue that it might be a while before I get to work on restoring this one to like new condition.