PB Blaster has a fairly new one that is not so oily. I think it is called Dry Blaster or something like that. I bought one can and now I can't find my can nor any in a store. I really liked it better than the original and it worked just as well.
Success! The After hosing down the inside with PB Blaster from the back and the bottom of the pillar, a few minutes with the hair dryer, and a few more minutes of rocking everything with a padded lockjaw, I finally got it to turn. It now spins fairly freely. While it sits a bit more, I'll start on polishing the rest of the parts. The head unit and front tension disc will be last, so I can keep track of what goes where.
Does the PB Blaster need rinsed off with kerosene or something, or will it evaporate on its own?
Done. Or at least, done for the day. Everything turns freely (although I have some questions about the stitch length selector), everything that can be polished has been, and it's all back together.
Problem-I'm just not getting how to thread it. I've seen the pictures, read the directions, and nothing. I'm done dealing with it. I'll fuss with it again tomorrow when my brain isn't so fume-y. Also, I see by my original picture that I put the tension together wrong, so that's going to have to be fixed first.
I'm using the old needle until I can figure out what kind of needle it takes. Somewhere, something in the detachable part of the faceplate is hinky; when I turn the wheel, the needlebar rises almost to the top of its lift, then clunks on something and stops. When I take the faceplate off it doesn't do that, so clearly I put something together incorrectly. Again, I'll deal with it tomorrow.
After that though, I should be able to thread it and see if it will sew. All in all, I'm pleased with the day's results. :)
i have a kenmore 100 limited edition from 1986. not what i'd consider vintage. the poor thing gets little or no maintenance, and according to the salesman at the time, doesn't need it. i don't know if he's right or not, but it has certainly thrived on neglect! it is a sturdy machine and works as well today as the day i bought it. the head is steel and i have to get help moving it, so i tend to leave it in one place, but no tension issues, timing or anything else. it has 100 decorative stitches, hence the name. i would buy another steel body kenmore in a new york second! if i haven't killed it by now it must be immortal! lol
I like old Kenmores too. I am still kicking myself for getting rid of my 1650 after I bought my Elna 6004. Thought that I did not need two machines, boy was I wrong. I had purchased my Kenmore 1650 in 1969 when I worked at Sears and it sewed like a champ. So now after all this time I am looking for another one. I found two old used Kenmores at 2nd had shops cleaned them up and donated them to our Guild and that made me decide to find my old machine. Nothing runs like an old Kenmore, heavy but tough and ment to sew just about anything.
Hi, I have the green viking and am looking for bobbins for it. Would you know where I could get some or what size they may be? I don't have a clue what to look for or where to find. My machine runs really well, sews really well and is quiet and nice to use, but heavy.lol I had a new 1974 top of the line Kenmore, and used it forever, had a chance to trade it in on a new electronic fancy machine Singer when they first came out years ago and I couldn't do it, my machine was so good didn't want to take the chance of getting a new machine that wasn't as good, and turns out I was so glad I did! Kenmores are usually really good machines.
Your first Kenmore is exactly like my first machine ever. I wish we were closer....I'd buy it in a flash....dang!