I plan to put a little plot of vegetables in my garden Next to the fence along the driveway. I added some compost and topsoil and turned it all in and decided that there was now too much soil and I needed to add an edging to keep it in the bed. I decided to use stones
Now I have a barrier to keep the soil in the bed and out of the grass. I continued the stone around. I have some more to do but that will have to wait for a while.
It will be a while before it is warm enough to plant tomatoes but that is the plan for some time in mid to late May. And a few peppers and beans as well.
I have another fun sewing machine to share. This one is a Kenmore 117.740
In 1955, White Sewing Machine Co. was the manufacturer for Sears’s Kenmore sewing machines. White didn’t have a zigzag machine to compete with the new Japanese machines so they contracted with the German company Gritzner Kayser to produce zigzag machines for them. ( They eventually lost the Kenmore contract anyway and Kenmore machines were made by various other companies in Japan) The GK Company built Kenmore machines 117.740 and 117.840 and were released in 1956. Gritzner Kayser also sold essentially the same machine with their badge and White sold one with their badge.
In 1957 Pfaff bought GK, they changed the bobbin access to the front of the machine and rebadged it as the Pfaff 139 and 239. The machine weighs a ton because it is all steel. New machines have so many plastic parts and gears that I doubt they will stand the test of time like these old machines.
Here is the Kenmore
According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society this machine cost $239.95 new with out the cabinet, adjusted for inflation that would be $2,117.69 today.
The cams go in the little door in the center between the knobs.
It has a standard belt drive motor
here is the White badged machine.
Here is the Gritzner Kayser
Here is the Pfaff 139
If you look at the center between the knobs you can see that the area where the cams would go is solid with no door. The 139 did not have the cam option.
Here is the 239 with the cam door
Both Pfaff and Gritzner Kayser realized the design flaw in the bobbin access door. The white and Kenmore versions have a standard looking bobbin cover plate but when you slide it open it looks like this.
The problem is that the bobbin goes in from the front and with the side access door you can not get to it. You need to flip up the machine and do it from the bottom. (My Singer 206 is the same way)
If you look back up to the pictures you can see that the Pfaff version made the cover huge so that you can get to that bobbin and change it from the top.
The machine has 4 cams which are 2 sided so in addition to the built-in Zigzag and curvy stitch it will do 8 additional decorative stitches. The machine is running great now. I had to rewire the power cord and give it a cleaning and oil it but it is working great now.
This machine takes standard class 15 bobbins and standard 15×1 needles. Like some of the other older Kenmore machines it takes high shank presser feet but they are easy to come by.
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