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singer/kenmore worth using?

achukie | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone have any knowledge about a 306K Singer sewing machine? or
knowledge about a Kenmore sewing machine 158.1410?
Are they to old? Worth using?
Thanks kindly…


  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    My1988 Sewing Machine Blue Book:

    Singer 306  F/B;Auto; Cams in front; Black or Tan; 1953-54.  Trade in value of $12.00

    I can't find the Kenmore model listed.  The closest model numbers are 1400 (F/B; Auto; 11 built in cams; Lemon Smoke; 1972-74; $25.00), 1401 (F/B Semi-Auto; w/Reverse Cycle; Gree; 1971-74; $25.50), and 1422 (F/B; Semi-Auto; w/BB; Lemon Smoke; 1072-77).

    My Kenmore that has 158 (158.1792)in front of the model number is the catalog version of model 1791 and was made between 1980-81.

    I hope some of this helps.  Personally, I think either one would be a good machine to sew on simply because old Singers are very good machines and I'm very partial to Kenmores.  I own 3.


  2. Ckbklady | | #2

    I  don't know the specific model numbers, but I would say they're definitely worth using. Older machines are heavier and more solid and made of stronger parts. I'm sewing on a 1959 Singer and a 1908 New Home treadle. There is no such thing as "old' in my house. I wouldn't use a new machine if it was free - they're light and flimsy and plasticky.

    And if you can get them for under $20, that's great! I have a 1961 Necchi for which I paid $15. It sews through anything and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    If you need threading diagrams for older machines, check out http://www.sewusa.com - they're sure to have what you need.

    Happy sewing!

    :) Mary

    1. achukie | | #4

      thank you very much for the information.

  3. marymary | | #3

    A Singer 306 uses a special needle, 206x13.  They no longer come in a variety of sizes, but you can find them in a size 14.  If you try to retime a 306 to accept a 15x1 needle, you run into problems.  As for worth using...I would say, "Yes, depending upon condition". 

    Is there a particular reason that you asked about these two machines specifically or are you just looking for an older machine?

    1. achukie | | #5

      I have both sewing machines plus a newer Elnita 200. the Elnita I've had nothing but problems with, lighter body, the only plus to this machine is has the small sewing area. I'm down sizing every thing and I need advise from knowledgible (spelling) people like your self. Now I just have to make a decision. I did find the electrical cord on the Singer is damaged I tried to replace it with a new cord but it seems the wiring is different.
      thanks kindly for the information, I appreciate it.

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