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Found: Purple Kenmore 158.48!

Hey, remember that time I gifted a pink Kenmore 158.47 to my sister in law, fell in love, and swore I would hunt down a purple one for myself? Well, mission accomplished, folks. Meet my unicorn the Kenmore 158.48:


Isn’t she the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Crazy retro dial? Check! Heavy on the chrome? Check! Purple? Checkity-check! And her cabinet is totally gorgeous, too. 


Ok, so she might have a case of pin-rash. And, unlike the one I restored for my sister in law, this one was pretty freaking neglected and, let’s be honest — beat to shit. Someone ran the bobbin winder without a bobbin tire and made a mess of her paint job. Her motor also sounds a little rough, so I’m not going to put her through her paces until that’s been addressed (read: no touching until I’m a little more comfortable with motor restoration!). 


But! The important thing is that I rescued her and fully intend to spoil her rotten. Starting with a replacement cam set that I found on eBay 🙂 

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  • Julia Hatlen November 3, 2017, 4:16 pm

    This is the exact same model/color machine I learned to sew on in the 70’s with my mom. I’ve been trying to work out which model Kenmore we had for some time now. At one point in the 80’s she decided to treat herself an get a new machine and gave me the 158.48. But I lost it in one of my moves during college somehow. We had no idea then this older machine was far superior to the new ones being made in the 80’s and 90’s. My mom passed a number of years ago – and someday I hope to find a 158.48. In the meantime I have an early model Singer Touch and Sew someone left at my house that is almost as tough. Thank you for sharing your find. Have fun!

    • Jen November 3, 2017, 4:53 pm

      Hi Julia, thanks so much for your note! The Kenmore 47 and Kenmore 48 are awesome machines, how cool that you learned how to sew on one! I see pink 47s pop-up every few months in the Boston area, and I’ve also seen a creamy yellow one and a gray one. They are definitely out there, I hope you find your unicorn soon!!

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