Kenmore 158.14000

Old 07-07-2023, 09:39 AM
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Default Kenmore 158.14000

Recent thrift store find, $13, via my enablers, a Kenmore 158.14000. I know you're thinking, "Didn't you just pick up one of these??" (over here)

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And you'd be close, but that was a 158.14001. Both are pictured, the 14000 first. The only differences I could find are in the shank style and needle clamp, the 14000 having the super high shank and the 14001 having a regular low shank. If you noticed the yellow "knob" on the 14001, that's an automotive vacuum cap placed over replacement metal for the broken plastic reverse lever. The machines are about 99% metal, not sure why they went to plastic for this part, other than cost. A replacement is about $16, hence the home fix.

The other super high shank I have is over here

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This current machine is missing the reversible ZZ/straight stitch needle plate insert, probably about $25 to get one. I borrowed the insert from the other machine to test it, and it sews well. It even came in the original Sears Kenmore carry case, so I think that's a plus.

This makes 4 dual pulley Kenmores I have, not sure how that happened...
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Old 07-07-2023, 06:06 PM
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You've got a couple great machines!

I LOVE the old 158 Kenmores! I collect them and the vintage Berninas.
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Old 07-08-2023, 07:15 AM
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I did find two new {to me} places to oil, because both these places were stuck on this machine. It took about 8 of these machines to see these spots.

The first is where the housing holding the needle bar slides back and forth in a fork cast into the base of the needle bar area. This was stuck solid and I had to pry it loose, it took a few hours of staring at it and trying the ZZ to figure it out.

The second is a post linked to the stitch length that moves a cam to adjust the stitch length linkage. This post was moving out when I turned the stitch length knob but wasn't going back in. I had to lay the machine on its face and oil it multiple times and let it sit overnight before it started moving.

Now I need to go back to the other 3 158s and finish the work.
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Old 07-09-2023, 02:13 PM
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Some of the 385.xxxx Kenmores have the pulley reduction setup, too.
Here's a link to a Sears part site. Just plug in your model number (sometimes w/o the dot) and then look at the motor assembly diagram and you can see if it has the double pulleys.

I've seen some that have 2 internal belts but it's 2 belts driving different things. So be sure to look for the big/little pulley.
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