I drove the truck and the neighbor down to our Habitat Restore today to pick up a chair, and while she was doing that, I was (of course) looking for sewing machines. I passed on a nice little Kenmore (another one!); it was clean, and a reasonable price, but I don't want a machine to use, I want one to tinker with, so I left it there for someone who will use it, if that makes sense. Then I backed into a table and almost knocked another one off onto my feet. It's a nice little Commander, with snazzy red and silver decals around the bed. I about laughed myself silly when I checked the model number and found it was made for Sears...which means it's near as darn it to a Kenmore. Clearly, Karen's Home for Wayward Kenmores is still open for business! I still don't know who made it, but it says C.M.K on the pillar, above the Made in Japan. It's also got variably droppable feed dogs, which I've never seen before.
It's a litte stiff, but everything turns, so oil is the plan of the day. The light works (it's on a separate cord), the motor may or may not-the wiring between the plug and motor is bare and the motor doesn't turn, so I'm thinking a rewire is in the future.
I also picked up a box of cams (for 50 cents), although I have no idea what they'd go to. (The sticker was color-coded for throwing away though, that's why I snagged them.) The Kenmore I passed on took cams, but unless there's something obvious I'm missing, these didn't fit. It looks like the orange one are for variations on straight zigzags-arrowheads and eggs and what not-and the white ones are the fancy ones-the one on the table makes baby ducks. Anybody got a clue what they might go to? Or need them? I'd be happy to pass them on.