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How to thread this thing?

junkhound | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m a refugee nail-banger from over at the breaktime thread.

Got lots of good advice her (Theodora, et. Al.) about building a quilt stand for my 85 YO Mom 5 years ago, so thought I’d ask another dumb question.

Picked up a used Kenmore 158.19141 machine last week, primarily for the parts. My wife is closing in on her 10,000th quilt for Luth. World relief, and wears out parts of machines every few years. The 158.19141 has the same motor as her present machine, but this recent garage sale purchase looks like it has gone thru less that 10 spools of thread, and may be good for the next few thousand quilts if wife decides to try for 15,000.

There may be a part missing for the thread feed routing. I consider myself somewhat mechanically adept, but cannot figure out right off the tread feed pattern of this machine, cannot believe the thread simply wraps over the side of the painted cover to go to the arm, as there is no wear there, and would expect some from even one spool.

Attached are pix of the machine, Sears parts.com was absolutely no help, manual no longer available.. 

Thanks in advance from the quilters of Pilgrim Luth. church, Bellevue, WA.



  1. Crazy K | | #1

    In looking at the second photo of the backside of the machine I think I saw your missing thread guide.  That little metal doo-dad on the back would hold the thread;  the thread then running through the slot and to the front of the machine and on from there.  I may be wrong but it looks like a definite possibility!

    Good luck..............my neighbor belongs to a quilting group and DH and I haul the quilts to our local Salvation Army to help the homeless.  Any excess are then distributed to the shelters in our metro area.

    Kay........St. Paul, MN

    Oooops.......just looked at it again........maybe that won't work.  Sorry......guess I don't have any other thoughts on this.

    Edited 7/13/2007 11:31 pm ET by Crazy K

    1. junkhound | | #4

      Thanks, the thread does go in thru the back, your hint worked. .

      The tricky part was that what looks like a solid top in the fron actually has a slot for the threa to go thru the tensioner. 

      1. Crazy K | | #5

        I am so glad it helped! 

  2. meg | | #2

    You might also check the http://www.patternreview.com site. There are reviews of sewing machines there, perhaps someone has posted a reviewed of this machine and you could contact that individual.Fantastic goal of your wife's and her fellow quilters! The sooner we get the world wrapped in love and quilts the better off we all will be!

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    Becky-book | | #3

    Try this website... they have lots of reproductions of old manuals.


    I could not be sure which manual would work for your machine, do you have the model number or the serial number? The books are grouped by MODEL number. You would need to buy it from them.

    Hope this helps,


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