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Thread: 2,400 Mile Trip!

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    2,400 Mile Trip!

    Howdy y'all

    About 4 weeks ago I took off in my new (to me) van and drove to San Diego, CA from central KY. Why you ask? To pick up a vintage sewing machine of course! When I flew out there in April to visit my BFF, I used her sewing machine to make some covers and cushions for her wheelchair. She told me when I was there that her eyesight was getting so bad that she couldn't see to sew anymore. Her machine had belonged to her mother, and she wanted someone to have it who she knew would use it and appreciate it. So when I got a van with 3rd row seating that I could fold the seats down to hold a lot, I took off with my nephew to go get it! I've spent the last 2 weeks since I've been back trying to get things rearranged so I could actually fit the machine into my bedroom/sewing room, and looking for a dresser to use for more storage. I FINALLY found a dresser yesterday at the local Peddlers Mall, so my son helped me move it into the house last night. So please ignore the stuff you see piled up around my "new" machine, since I haven't had time to get everything put into the dresser yet. I'm HORRIBLE at organizing, so it's gonna take a while. LOL! Oh...she also gave me the little 3 drawer chest sitting under the right leaf of the sewing machine, that her father made for her mom so she could have extra storage space. All of the sewing machine drawers AND the chest were full of sewing items! The machine is a Kenmore 1651, and it has 30 cams with it, so many feet that I don't even know what they do, a monogramming kit, and all sorts of doo-dads that I have no idea what they're for! So how did I do? The trip was well worth it (my nephew and I had a GREAT time!) whether the machine is a super great one or not. And hey.....free and all that.....

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    Nice machine, great trip, glad all is well.

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    Have fun with your new machine, you're a true friend to take it and give it a great home.

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    Great looking machine and glad you had a great time.

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    What a good friend to give you such a nice gift! Lots of memories are wrapped up in all the stuff that came with it. Have fun!!
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    What a loving thing for her to do. You know it had great sentimental value to her and you were her chosen one. What a good friend both ways.

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    What an awesome story.

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    Oh, it is a super great machine for sure! I know that is nothing next to the fun of a long road trip to see your best friend that goes so well. But the machine is worth it even without the wonderful stories and memories. This is a sister to the 1601 & 1802 that Kenmore people are so wild about.
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    I am so ready for a road trip....
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    Congratulations! Let us know how it works when you have had a couple of rounds with oil and cleaning. It looks very nice and solid. I like the wood cabinet with drawers, they are very practical for larger pieces and when you want things too look tidy. It looks like it was cared for and all in very nice condition. Are the old Kenmores smooth quiet running machines?
    Last edited by Mickey2; 10-09-2015 at 03:58 AM.

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    Beautiful ! I like the ruler on front too...u will enjoy using this as its a reminder of the times with
    Bff and the trip taken to get it with nephew
    take plenty of pic of family & friends, keep tabs on loved ones but make time for yourself !

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    Looks like a great machine! and I love the cabinet! Enjoy!
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    Your trip was obviously a success. Enjoy your visible memory from it.

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    Great road trip, great friend, great machine. You did exceptionally well. If you got the owners manual keep it with the machine. Kenmors are capable of great things, but you do need to keep the controls set correctly.

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    Great story! You'll think of your friend every time you sit down at that machine.
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    You did great and I would love the trip too. We have 2 Kenmores but the other day I had a problem because I found out they are high shank machines and my walking foot doesn't fit. Now I have to find where to buy the high shank
    ones for he Kenmore.

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    I have my mother's high shank Kenmore and many, many low shank feet. I finally bought a converter so that I can use the low shank feet on the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mornigstar View Post
    You did great and I would love the trip too. We have 2 Kenmores but the other day I had a problem because I found out they are high shank machines and my walking foot doesn't fit. Now I have to find where to buy the high shank
    ones for he Kenmore.
    Sew-Classic.com has high shank walking feet. Jenny has a chart to show how to measure your presser feet; check it out because Kenmore also made a super high shank foot.

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    *** Nice trip, Nice machine, Nice chest, Nice nephew, What else could you want?
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    What an adventure! Special friendship you have there and now a new machine! I love road trips

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    A great trip to get a great machine, lucky you.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    What a wonderful story and a great looking machine and cabinet and the little one too. You will surely enjoy, so sorry your friend can't enjoy sewing anymore.
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